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Jeria, Jorge

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

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Counseling, Adult and Higher Education


Adult education; Ethnology


The purpose of this research was to gain a rich understanding of cultural perspectives for fostering quality and relevant education in the United States Virgin Islands (U.S.VI). Research explores which perceived cultural perspectives are functioning in the Territory. Specifically, how adult economic survival is sustained in the territory. Findings are built on previous research, and global organizations' acknowledgment of the role culture plays in educational achievement. Consideration is given to historical occurrences. The task of the research is to understand cultural perspective as it relates to educational achievement, not to solve a problem. The (U.S.VI) Board of Education policies, rules, and regulations have been implemented in accordance with the United States of America (U.S.) Federal Constitution. However, the U.S.VI displays significant academic underachievement when compared to the U.S. Despite this, the U.S.VI culture continues to successfully learn and implement survival techniques as they strive for their autonomy. Reality is, academic educational deficiencies were noted by the U.N. as impeding U.S.VI struggle for autonomy. Due to educational advancement being used as an economic indicator.


Advisors: Jorge Jeria.||Committee members: Laura Ruth Johnson; Hidetada Shimizu.||Includes bibliographical references.


155 pages




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