Education and Society in the
a book by M.G. Smith with Lambros Comitas and sections by Philip Burnham, Jack Harewood, and Josep Llobera.
This book is the product of a study designed by M.G. Smith as a multi-year project on the post-independence effects of education in the three Anglophone Caribbean societies of Grenada, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago with three broad objectives. The first, essentially technical and methodological, was aimed at contributing to a fuller understanding of education in general through the use of anthropological methods and techniques. A second objective, quite specific in intent, was aimed at determining whether or not, as well as how the educational systems of the three island nations acted to maintain or to change the structural and cultural frameworks derived from a colonial past. The third objective was aimed at determining whether or not and how, if at all, the educational systems of these three small countries served to promote development or to increase the potential for development.
The project was to last three years with a year’s fieldwork planned as the first stage for each of the three study sites. Project staff worked independently in their quite separate locales over different time periods. It was hoped that this study would demonstrate not only the utility and potential of the anthropological approach for probing the complex institution of education but also would prove constructive to educators and governments alike in resolving those educational problems and conundrums constantly faced by the peoples of the Creole Caribbean. Strong conclusions, predictions, proposals for change, some provisional others speculative, suffuse this study. All were put forward a decade and a half ago and all, with the passage of time, are now quite testable. The proof is in the pudding. That is how this book ought to be read and judged.
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