School of Education

Dr. Claudette Fongkong-Mungal


Dr. Claudette Fongkong-Mungal
Title: Senior Lecturer in Curriculum Studies
Department: School of Education
Discipline: Education
Qualifications: Ph.D., Boston College, 1998
Contact: Telephone no: 417-4439
Fax no: (246) 417-9615
Teaching Areas:
  • Curriculum Foundations 
  • Curriculum Design 
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Media and Technology in Education
After graduating from UWI, Mona, Jamaica, Dr. Fongkong-Mungal began her career as a high school teacher of Mathematics and Science. A few years later, she acquired a professional qualification in the Teaching of High School Science- Biology and Integrated Science- with a Diploma in Education, also from UWI, Mona.

During a subsequent 2-year hiatus in Trinidad & Tobago, she taught and became passionate about Primary level mathematics and science. Then, feeling the call of the micro-computer revolution, she decided to pursue a Master of Education with specialisation in Media and Technology at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA. This led to a PhD at the same institution and a chance to teach the integration of technology in instruction at the tertiary level. Fortunately, she was also a research assistant then associate at the College’s Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation and Educational Policy (CSTEEP) and so she gained practical experience of research in action in the service of the common good.

Following on CSTEEP and prior to UWI, Cave Hill, she participated in a number of research projects aimed at improving Mathematics and Science education for Primary and Secondary pupils, many in urban, inner-city schools in Boston. At Cave Hill, her primary focus has been on teaching Curriculum Studies along with in-school, long-term professional development with teachers of Primary Mathematics.
Research Interests and Achievements:
  • Co-researcher on project regarding student perception of school quality in Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago (2018-2019)
  • Co-Investigator on 3-person research team, UNICEF/SOE research collaborative. Research focus: Evaluation of the status of implementation of the Child-Friendly Schools Initiative in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.
  • Co-conducted UNICEF-funded evaluation of the quality of special needs education in Barbados with colleagues  from the School of Education, UWI, Cave Hill (2010-2011)
  • Member of programme evaluation team for National Science Foundation (NSF) - funded Mathematics and Science initiatives in the USA

Main Research Projects:

  • Student perception of school quality in Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago.
  • The development of an interdisciplinary curriculum at the primary level with a focus on conceptual understanding in Mathematics & Science.
  • Leveraging Learning Management Systems (LMSs) for social networking across tertiary Caribbean classrooms
Publications: Marshall, I., Jackman, G. & Fongkong-Mungal, C. (2018). Monitoring the Implementation of the Schools Positive Behaviour Management Programme (SPBMP) in Barbados. Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean, 17(1), 161-192.

Paper presented at Second Mixed Methods International Research Association Regional conference, Montego Bay, Jamaica: Mind the gap: Two perspectives on classroom practices in Barbadian schools. March 15, 2017

Marshall, I., Browne, D. & Fongkong-Mungal, C. (2014). Investigating the relationship between parental involvement and student academic achievement in Barbados. Caribbean Educational Research Journal, 2(2), 3-13.

Blackman, S., Richardson, A. & Fongkong-Mungal, C. (2012). Special educators’ efficacy and exceptional students’ future trajectories: Implications for education Policy. In C. S. Sunal, & K. Mutua (Eds.), Research on the impact of educational policy on teaching and learning. Alabama: University of Alabama
Additional Information:
  • Conducted workshops on topics including visible thinking, critical thinking, active learning, differentiated instruction, instructional design and STEM.
  • Conducted two webinars on Differentiated Instruction and Visible Thinking.

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