Education in Small States

Policies and Priorities

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Education in Small States

Publication date: 16 June 2011
Size: 240mm x 165mm
ISBN: 978-1-84929-036-4
Pages: 86

This publication argues for work by the Commonwealth and others on the particular and distinct challenges of education in small states, and for the need to examine the impact of changing global contexts, to document the changing nature and significance of recent and contemporary education policy priorities, and to advance the case for new and strengthened initiatives for education in small states.

The study will be of direct interest to a wide range of stakeholders involved in educational and social development in small states, to policy-makers, administrators, researchers, students, comparative educationalists, international agency personnel and practitioners at all levels in small states, throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.

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1. New Challenges and Opportunities

2. An Overview of Education in Small States
Small states in the Commonwealth
The scale and scope of education systems
Beyond global goals and targets
The place of external assistance

3. Changing Global Contexts
Climate change
Financial interconnections
International migration, labour markets and skills

4. Conceptualising and Delivering Basic Education
Equity and inclusion
Extending the boundaries

5. Priorities for Higher Education
Planning for higher education
Harnessing the power of technology
Strengthened co-ordination, integration and regulation

6. International Consultation, Collaboration and Partnerships
Forms and levels of partnership
The place of research and research capacity building

7. Conclusions

1. Commonwealth Small States: Population, International Indices, ‘Islandness’ and Aid
2. Selected Education Indicators for Commonwealth Small States
3. Questions Posed to Ministers of Education at the 17th CCEM
4. Conferences of Commonwealth Ministers of Education
5. Priorities from the 17th CCEM Communiqué

Notes on the Authors

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Michael Crossley (Author)

Michael Crossley is Professor of Comparative and International Education, Director of the Research Centre for International and Comparative Studies at the Graduate School of Education, and Director of the Education in Small States Research Group (, University of Bristol, UK. He was Editor of the journal Comparative Education from 2004 to 2010, and was Chair and Vice Chair of the British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE) from 2000 to 2004.

Mark Bray (Author)

Mark Bray is Chair Professor of Comparative Education at the University of Hong Kong. He has worked at the University of Hong Kong since 1986. Between 2006 and 2010 he took leave from the University to work as Director of UNESCO's International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) in Paris.

Steve Packer (Author)

Steve Packer is an independent consultant based in London. From 2002 to 2005, he was Deputy Director of UNESCO's Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report. Prior to that, he worked for the UK government's Department for International Development (DFID) as a Senior Education Adviser in Central Africa and then as Head of Policy in the Education Department.
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'This book is strongly recommended ... to all in the field of comparative and international educational development. Its own small size, succinct style and imaginatively exemplified components should also make it accessible to those time-strapped politicians, civil servants, NGO staff and other non-academic activists on the front line of forging partnerships to the benefit of small, medium and large states alike.'

Journal of Research in International Education, Vol. 12 No. 3, 283–292

'a vital resource for anyone interested in education in small states.'

British Journal of Educational Technology, Vol. 43 No. 1

'This well-researched book, written with a minimum of jargon, helps to broadly explain the particular needs of a unique subset of states in the Commonwealth.'

International Review of Education, Vol. 58 No. 3

'This book is a snapshot for anyone craving a general overview of the contemporary educational trends in small states.'

Island Studies Journal, Vol. 7 No. 1, 167–171

'Education is vital, no matter where in the world you are. "Education in Small States: Policies and Priorities" discusses the importance of education and its implementation all throughout the world, in particular small and remote states without massive existing infrastructure. Discussing the legal issues that lie behind these states, the push for greater education through the formation of a commonwealth, and the impact of globalization on the state of education. "Education in Small States" is an intriguing study on international academia and the nature of a globalized world, very much recommended.'

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