"You help me improve my English, I'll teach you Physics!" Cuban teachers overseas

Hickling-Hudson, Anne R. (2012) "You help me improve my English, I'll teach you Physics!" Cuban teachers overseas. In Hickling-Hudson, Anne R., González, Jorge, & Preston, Rosemary (Eds.) The Capacity To Share : A Study Of Cuba's International Cooperation In Educational Development. Palgrave MacMillan, United States of America, pp. 175-196.

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Lending teachers for two-year periods is one of the ways in which Cuba has been able to collaborate with other countries in their efforts to improve educational planning and practice. My field research in 2001 in Jamaica (March and November) and in Namibia (December) enabled me to obtain information about how Cuban teachers are being utilized, and about the educational implications of this project. In Jamaica, I interviewed 15 Cuban teachers in several schools and one in the vocational institute, as well as the Cuban project supervisor in charge of the 51 Cuban teachers. I also talked with officials at the Jamaican Ministry of Education to obtain an idea of the developmental needs in the various subjects that the Cubans had been asked to teach. In Namibia I interviewed personnel in the National Sports Directorate and the Cuban manager in charge of the sports education project. The chapter draws on these interviews to build a picture of how the program of collaboration is organized, and considers its postcolonial significance, in theory and in practice, as an example of South-South collaboration. The chapter contributes to a multilevel style of comparative education analysis based on microlevel qualitative fieldwork within a framework that compares cross-cultural issues and national policies. The discussion of the educational situation of the host countries suggests why Cuban teachers can contribute to meeting curricular needs, particularly in the areas of the sciences, mathematics, Spanish, and sports. The friendly and joking remark of one of the Cuban teachers to school students in Jamaica: “You help me improve my English, I’ll teach you Physics!” highlights the reciprocal potential of these cooperation projects, discussed in several chapters of this book.

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ID Code: 58460
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Cuban teachers in Jamaica, Cuban educators in Namibia, Cubans teaching science, music, Spanish, sports, modalities for using Cuban teachers, policy potential, South-South collaboration
DOI: 10.1057/9781137014634
ISBN: 978-0-230-33880-7
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Palgrave MacMillan.
Deposited On: 20 Mar 2013 00:30
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2013 15:38

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