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Dr. Verna Knight


Dr. Verna Knight
Title: Lecturer in Social Studies Education
Department: School of Education
Discipline: Education
Additional Titles: Coordinator, B. Ed Programme
  • PhD, Education Policy and Planning, UWI - Cave Hill Campus
  • Certificate in University Teaching and Learning, UWI - Cave Hill Campus
  • Certificate in Teaching (Secondary Education)
Contact: Telephone no: (246) 417-4438
Fax No: (246) 417-9615
Email Address:
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Undergraduate Courses:

  • EDFA 1024: The Social Foundations of Education
  • EDSO 3102: The Social Context of Education
  • EDSS 2910: Teaching Social Studies in the Primary and Secondary School
  • EDSS 2113: The Structure and Nature of Social Studies

Graduate Courses:

  • EDSO 6000: Advanced Sociology of Education
  • EDSO 6001: Caribbean Ideologies and Policies in Education Reform
  • EDSO 6002: Citizenship Education, Democracy and Global Trends
Biography: Dr. Verna Knight works as a full-time lecturer with the University of the West Indies based at the Cave Hill Campus, with responsibility for the development, and delivery of programmes at the Undergraduate level (Social Studies Education) and Post Graduate Degree level (Social Context and Education Policy). She possesses a Doctoral degree specialization in Education Policy with special emphasis on the Eastern Caribbean area, an undergraduate degree in Education Administration, and teaching certification at both the secondary school, and University teaching levels.
Dr. Knight possesses over 17 years teaching experience, as well as experience in coordinating collaborative research and professional development training  with Education Development partners across the  Caribbean region.

Research: Three key areas:
  • Universal Secondary in the Caribbean
  • Social Studies Education in the Caribbean
  • Out-of-School Children in the Caribbean
Publications: Knight, V. (in press). Universalizing Secondary Education in the Caribbean: Contrasting perspectives. Caribbean Education Research Journal.

Knight, V (2015). Disaster Risk Reduction Education in the Caribbean: Policy, practice, and implications for Teacher Education. The Journal of Eastern Caribbean Studies, 40 (3), 187-209.

Knight, V. (2014) The Policy of Universal Secondary Education: Its influence on secondary schooling in Grenada. Research in Comparative and International Education, 9(1), 16-35.

Knight, C. V., & Obidah, J. (2014). Instituting Universal Secondary Education: Caribbean students’ perceptions of their schooling experiences. Journal of Education and Practice, 5 (32), 71-81. ISSN 2222-1735 (Paper) ISSN 2222-288X (Online).

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