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Faculty of Humanities and Education

School of Education


Dr. Verna Knight

Dr. Verna Knight

Lecturer in Social Studies Education

B.Ed. Coordinator; JBTE Subject Coordinator (Social Studies, History and Geography)

Department: School of Education


Dr. Verna Knight is Grenadian born, and 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 and Post Graduate Degree levels. She possesses a doctoral degree specialisation 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. Her research interests and publications are in the areas of Education Policy development in the Caribbean, Improving the quality of basic education, and Social Studies Education. A specific emphasis has been on improving secondary education in the Eastern Caribbean sub-region. Over the last five years, Dr. Knight has led and co-led several research assignments and workshop training activities with OECS Ministries of Education on behalf of various education developmental partners (UWI, Inter-American Teacher Education Network - ITEN-OAS, UNICEF, Eastern Caribbean Joint Board of Teacher Education, and OECS – EDMU Office). Past training activities have been aimed at both classroom/school level improvements, as well as policy level improvements, and as such have targeted teachers, educational leaders, and education officers at the Ministry level.

Presently Dr. Knight serves as the UWI representative documenting the OECS member states implementation of OECS Education Sector Strategy 2012-2021.  She is also a member of the American Education Research Association (AERA), and currently serves as Coordinator for Bachelor of Education programme offered at the Cave Hill Campus, and franchised through the teachers’ colleges in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, and the British Virgin Islands.


  • Ph.D., Education Policy and Planning, UWI - Cave Hill Campus
  • BEd., Education Administration, UWI - Cave Hill Campus
  • Certificate in University Teaching and Learning, UWI - Cave Hill Campus
  • Certificate in Teaching (Secondary Education)

Research Areas

Research Interests:

  • Improving Education Quality in Caribbean Schools (with a special interest in Secondary Education)
  • Social Studies Education in the Caribbean

Main Research Projects:
  • Coordinated the Eastern Caribbean Teacher Educators’ Workshop on Positive Behaviour Management (2016).
    • Sponsored by UNICEF grant - BDS $143, 999.65  
  • Professional Development Workshop Training in Critical Thinking to Teachers in Grenada, Antigua & Barbuda, St Kitts & Nevis and St Vincent & the Grenadines (September –November 2014).
    • Funded by ITEN/OAS with support from the School of Education, UWI Cave Hill, Barbados and the Ministries of Education, Carriacou, Grenada, Antigua & Barbuda, and St. Kitts & Nevis - USD  $10, 000.  
  • Documentation/Monitoring and Evaluation of the Implementation of the OECS Education Sector Strategy 2012-2021 (September 2012 – Present) 
    • Funded by OECS/UNICEF.Official visits conducted to selected OECS Countries to collect qualitative data on progress in the area of Teacher Professional Development (Grant amount spent in 2016 - BDS $37, 000)

Teaching Areas

Undergraduate Courses:

  • 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
  • EDSS 3200 - Curriculum Issues in 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

Select Publications

Robinson, S. Knight, V.  (Eds.). (2019).  Handbook on Research in Critical Thinking and Teacher Education Pedagogy. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Knight, V. (2017).The Case of Educational Exclusion of Children in the Eastern Caribbean. Book Chapter In Blackman, S., & Conrad, D. A. (2017). Caribbean Discourse in Inclusive Education: Historical and Contemporary Issues. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Knight, V., & Ogunkola, B. (2016). Out of School Children Initiative (OOSCI): A Report on The Status in the Eastern Caribbean. UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Office.

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.