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Comparative Education: The Cuban Educational System
The Island nation of Cuba is internationally recognized for the success of its educational system. With extremely limited financial resources, Cuba has a highly educated population with a literacy rate estimated at 98% and strong achievements in the arts, science, mathematics and technology.
This course will offer educators the chance to visit primary, secondary and post-secondary schools in Havana, Cuba and engage in discussions with their Cuban counterparts. Students examine the practical and philosophical influences on teachers’ decision-making processes, motivations, educational history, classroom culture, instructional strategy, and Cuban approach to student interaction. The emphasis is on critical and creative reflection based on observations, and in-class discussions and activities. Students will emerge from this course with an understanding of the Cuban educational system as it compares to our own and will receive credit based on a final comparative essay and the application of relevant educational strategies in their own classroom. Vermont educators will receive 3 credits, which can be used to meet their individualized professional development credits required towards relicensure.
Cuba Program at Burlington College
351 North Avenue
Burlington, Vermont 05401
E-mail: jcarterburlington [dot] edu