Social studies curriculum development in Belize: 1950-2001

dc.contributor.advisorBlack, Mary S.en
dc.creatorOestreich, Jo Beth Babcocken
dc.dateThis study describes social studies curriculum development in Belize from 1950-2001. Additionally, this study examines how the social studies component of Belize’s national curriculum has included or excluded the study of the ancient Maya. A qualitative analysis of Ministry of Education documents, National Archive documents, informal interviews with Department of Archaeology personnel, Ministry of Education and Belizean teachers were completed for this study. The data addresses the development of the social studies curriculum and instructional materials used at the primary and secondary level, examination of school enrolment figures of government, government-aided, church related, and private schools in Belize. Educational needs that need to be addressed in Belize include inadequate funding to access and develop instructional materials, limited staff development offerings for teachers, weak cross-communication within the government, lack of certified teachers, and irrelevant curricula. This study determined progress has been made in social studies curriculum development, but Belizean educators need to address the limited social studies curricula and limited textbooks available to learn Belize’s precolonial history, which provides a culturally relevant connection for present and future Belizean students.
dc.date.accessioned2008-08-28T21:36:01Zen
dc.date.available2008-08-28T21:36:01Zen
dc.date.issued2002en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThis study describes social studies curriculum development in Belize from 1950-2001. Additionally, this study examines how the social studies component of Belize’s national curriculum has included or excluded the study of the ancient Maya. A qualitative analysis of Ministry of Education documents, National Archive documents, informal interviews with Department of Archaeology personnel, Ministry of Education and Belizean teachers were completed for this study. The data addresses the development of the social studies curriculum and instructional materials used at the primary and secondary level, examination of school enrolment figures of government, government-aided, church related, and private schools in Belize. Educational needs that need to be addressed in Belize include inadequate funding to access and develop instructional materials, limited staff development offerings for teachers, weak cross-communication within the government, lack of certified teachers, and irrelevant curricula. This study determined progress has been made in social studies curriculum development, but Belizean educators need to address the limited social studies curricula and limited textbooks available to learn Belize’s precolonial history, which provides a culturally relevant connection for present and future Belizean students.
dc.description.departmentCurriculum and Instructionen
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.identifierb57176826en
dc.identifier.oclc56840651en
dc.identifier.proqst3086782en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/824en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.subject.lcshSocial sciences--Study and teaching--Belizeen
dc.subject.lcshCurriculum planning--Belizeen
dc.titleSocial studies curriculum development in Belize: 1950-2001en
dc.type.genreThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentCurriculum and Instructionen
thesis.degree.disciplineCurriculum and Instructionen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen

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