Ideology and Educational Aims: The Case of Jamaica

Joseph A. Walker


This research is basically a descriptive study. Its purpose was to determine the extent to which the aims and policies of education under the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) differed from the aims and policies of education under the People's National Party (PNP).

It was anticipated that, given the differing self-proclaimed ideological cleavages of the JLP (capitalism) and the PNP (socialism), there would be marked differences in their educational aims. The analysis revealved, however, that if there were ideological differences, these were not easily detected from the rhetoric of their educational aims. The differences observed were largely in terms of emphasis and in the particular means and priorities designed to achieve their stated objectives.

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