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Current Issues in Comparative Education, v15 n1 p114-131 Fall 2012

Between 1960 and 2010, Singapore's real gross domestic product (GDP) per capita skyrocketed from $4,383 to $55,862, while Jamaica's barely increased from $6,417 to $8,539. It is plausible that differing rates of GDP growth are associated with differences in the development of education systems but causally the linkage is not well understood. Using a comparative analysis of education in Jamaica and Singapore, this paper explores the critical factors in education development in small states. This article argues that education development can substantively help small states overcome many of the limitations of their smallness that are exacerbated in an increasingly global economy. Three significant factors that shaped the education development of Jamaica and Singapore are identified. First, the timing of reforms is important, not just the content of educational reforms. Second, having a vocational strategy is key. Third, a balanced, forward-looking education development strategy that closely ties education, economic and national development is crucial. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)

Descriptors: Developing Nations, Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Global Approach, Economic Factors, Correlation, Educational Development, Educational Change, Strategic Planning, Economic Development, Equal Education, Educational History, Educational Quality

Teachers College, Columbia University. International and Transcultural Studies, P.O. Box 211, 525 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027. e-mail: info[at]cicejournal.org; Web site: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/cice

Autor: Welsh, Richard O.

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=2569&id=EJ1000218

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