Talk:Education in the Dominican Republic

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this article is about the education in THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC not about DOMINICA's educacion

THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC is not the Island of DOMINICA, and the Island of DOMINICAN is not the DOMINICAN Republic 2 completely different countries, please stop posting information about Dominica in here —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

I am a student at Rice University and I am planning to update this article with new information regarding the education system in the Dominican Republic. I wish to create sections discussing the current policies regarding education, statistics, the educational stages, curriculum for each educational stage, parent education, and issues surrounding the education system in the Dominican Republic. I am currently working on creating an initial contribution and hope to have it posted within a month. Jmarrs94 (talk) 23:14, 7 February 2017 (UTC)

Below is an outline of the sections and citations that I plan to add to this page.
For the “Policy” section, I will discuss the education policies in the Dominican Republic. The “Reviews of National Policies for Education: Dominican Republic” provides a substantive overview of the entire education system and policies that affect it as well some history behind the education system. This will be a major resource that I will be using throughout the article.[1] Additionally, I will draw upon information from the PREAL Policy Brief which discusses policies regarding teachers. This includes information about teacher education, the hiring process, and evaluation processes.[2]
In the “Statistics” section, I will discuss the literacy rate and ranking as well as participation in the education system by different groups. For the information regarding the literacy rate, I will be using the CIA’s world fact book which has a list of the literacy rates of every country in the world.[3] Additionally, I will use the National Center for Education Statistics’ website to define literacy rate and discuss why the literacy rate is a useful tool when discussing how well educated a country is.[4] I will also use information from the 2014 National Education Profile to discuss what groups of people are receiving education in the Dominican Republic and how long they are staying in school.[5]
For the next section, I will be discussing the different educational stages available in the Dominican Republic. Some of this information is already present in the article in the school grades section, however, I will merge that information with the “Educational Stages” section I am adding. I will add onto the current information by adding information about higher education and more in depth information about the preschool, elementary, and secondary education systems and the kinds of institutions provided. [1]
Along these same lines, the next section will go more in depth into the curriculum and structure of these different educational stages. The OECD provides much of this information including information on what the intended curriculum is compared to how the curriculum is carried out in schools. This will provide an interesting perspective as I will be able to add information to the article regarding the shortcomings of the education system.[1] Additionally, the International Bureau of Education provides pdfs of the curriculum as posted by the government on their website (2017).[6] However, there is a complication with this as all the information is in Spanish. This illustrates a possible complication in writing this article as I may come upon other resources or research that could be very useful, however, they may be written in Spanish.
I will also have a section called “Parent Education.” For this section, I will be using research articles discussing the importance of educating parents and ensuring that parents know how to raise their children. Farrelly and McLennan discuss the importance of educating parents and the benefits that it can have.[7] They also discuss barriers that parents face to receiving this education as well as barriers to utilize what they learn. In a separate paper, McLennan discusses the exportation of a current Canadian model for parent education and how it could be used in the Dominican Republic.[8]
For the “Issues” section, I will discuss faults within the current system, outside issues, impacts and issues concerning health, and how these issues currently affect the people living in the Dominican Republic. For this, my main resource again will be the article by the OECD.[1] Additionally, I will discuss a research paper by Wasch that details the effects of Major League Baseball on children in the Dominican Republic.[9] I will also use a research paper by De Tavarez and Drumond Andrade to discuss the impacts that education has on health issues in the Dominican Republic.[10] With this section, I hope to show that education has a significant impact on the population and that people are facing real consequences of the current education system. Jmarrs94 (talk) 20:41, 12 February 2017 (UTC)


  1. ^ a b c d OECD (2008). "Reviews of National Policies for Education: Domincan Republic 2008". Reviews of National Policies for Education. 
  2. ^ Sucre, Frederico; Fiszbein, Ariel (2015). "The State of Teacher Policies in Central America and the Dominican Republic". PREAL Policy Brief. 
  3. ^ Central Intelligence Agency. "The World Factbook: Dominican Republic". The World Factbook. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) - Definition of Literacy". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Dominican Republic National Education Profile 2014 Update". Education Policy and Data Center. 2014. 
  6. ^ "Dominican Republic". International Bureau of Education. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  7. ^ Farrelly, A. C.; McLennan, J. D. (2009). "Participation in a Parent Education Programme in the Dominican Republic: Utilization and Barriers". Journal of Tropical Pediatrics. 
  8. ^ McLennan, John D. (2009). "Exporting a Canadian Education Program to the Dominican Republic". Public Health Nursing. 
  9. ^ Wasch, Adam (2009). "Children Left Behind: The Effect of Major League Baseball on Education in the Dominican Republic". Texas Review of Entertainment & Sports Law. 
  10. ^ De Tavarez, Michell Jimenez; Andrade, Flavia Cristina Drumond (2013). "Impact of Education on Tobacco Use and Alcohol Consumption in the Dominican Republic: A Social Gradient Perspective". International Journal of Health, Wellness & Society.