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Phase 2 (September 2011 - December 2012)

There are three ongoing aspects of the current project:

  • To disseminate the outcomes of Phase 1 to government primary schools in the other three zones of Antigua and Barbuda, and specifically to work through local partners, teachers and students to implement the Shared Reading / Shared Learning initiative in all schools.

  • In the original Zone 1 schools, to develop current good practice in interactive teaching within the context of literacy, as a focus for student voice initiatives and community of practice meetings

  • To disseminate the original research and intervention strategies to some of the other smaller states in the Eastern Caribbean, through a regional conference in September 2011, and to launch appropriate strategies in primary schools in other interested Eastern Caribbean States.
  • Conference

    As the second phase of the project develops, the research team will explore in more depth the issue of boys’ apparent underachievement in the Caribbean, and the extent to which it constitutes a ‘problem’ requiring political and educational action.


    Cobbett, M. and Younger, M. (2012) Boys' educational underachievement in the Caribbean: interpreting the 'problem'.  Gender and Education.  DOI:10.1080/09540253.2012.677014 published on iFirst 21 May 2012.

    Younger, M. and George, P. (2012) Developing communities of practice in practice: overcoming suspicion and establishing dialogue amongst primary school teachers in Antigua and Barbuda.  Professional Development in Educationhttp://dx/ published on iFirst 9 October 2012.

    Younger, M., George, P., Warrington, M. and Cobbett, M. (2011) Teaching and Learning in Primary Schools in Antigua and Barbuda: An Interim Report (CCE Report No. 7: Cambridge). Download Report

    Antigua and Barbuda: Developing Pedagogy and Community in Primary Schools.  An holistic approach to raising achievement. (July 2012) A CCE Project Briefing: Cambridge.  Download briefing

    Click on links to download presentations given by the Research Team at the Inter-Island Conference held on 23rd September 2011: Introduction, Shared Reading, Student Voices, Classroom Observations, Communities of Practice.