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 offers educators the opportunity to review the roles of teachers in the Cuban system from a comparative and contemporary perspective. This intensive weeklong course takes place in Havana, Cuba and includes at least 10 hours of classroom observation in each educator’s professional content area as well as the opportunity to teach a class to Cuban students, attend lectures and workshops focused on each student’s content area.
Finally, 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