Caribbean Educational Research Information Service (CERIS)

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The Caribbean Educational Research Information Service (CERIS) is a computerized information service that provides access to information on education in the English-speaking Caribbean. It was established in October 1990 by the School of Education [then Faculty of Education] as one method of dealing with some of the obstacles to educational research and the development of sound educational plans and policies in the region. It was felt that these obstacles resulted from the absence of an organized, accessible database for the use of educators and researchers in the region. CERIS also provides editorial services to the School of Education (SOE) and is responsible for the publication of all documents bearing the imprint of the School of Education, including the journal, Caribbean Curriculum, the Monograph Series, and the Technical Reports Series, as well as bibliographical publications bearing the CERIS imprint. The services of CERIS are available to: (a) staff and students of all tertiary institutions in the Caribbean engaged in research on the education systems of the region; (b) researchers, planners, and policy makers of the ministries of education in the region; (c) private researchers in the region; (d) educational practitioners in the region; and (e) all other persons and institutions interested in the development of the education systems of the English-speaking Caribbean.

Countries served: 
Caribbean Countries (English speaking)
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Parent organisation: 
University of the West Indies (UWI), School of Education


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Methods of Data Management

Methods of Data Processing: 


Indexing Tool: 

UNESCO: IBE Education Thesaurus; UNESCO Thesaurus; CERIS Thesaurus and Name Authority File

Database Software: 


Services and Special Activites

Information Services Provided: 
Publications Produced: 

CERIS seeks to disseminate the results of research on education in the region through the publication of monographs and technical reports by staff of the School of Education and an annual journal, Caribbean Curriculum. Caribbean Curriculum is an annual peer-reviewed journal of the School of Education, The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. It provides a forum for the publication of scholarly articles on the education systems of the English-speaking Caribbean written by scholars both within and outside the region. The last print issue of the journal (vol. 23) was published in June 2015. The journal is now an open access online journal and its archives and information on the journal and its editorial processes can be found at http://journals.sta.uwi.edu/cc The Monograph Series disseminates information on the results of research conducted by members of staff of the School of Education. The Technical Report Series disseminates information of a practical nature to the education fraternity in the region. It publishes manuals or other guides, as distinct from results of research.

Other Material

Challenges and Obstacles in Carrying out the Work: 

Increasing requests for editing and information literacy instructional services from the only professional member of staff, thus decreasing the time available for database updating and development.

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services: 

Increased marketing of available services.

Role envisaged within the Network of Networks: 

CERIS is not exclusively devoted to adult education and its holdings in this subject are not very extensive. However, because of the dearth of adult education information services in the Caribbean region it can provide valuable referral services within a Network of Networks.

Contact Information

School of Education
Faculty of Humanities and Education
The University of the West Indies
St. Augustine
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Contact language: English

Contact Person

Lynda Quamina-Aiyejina
Tel.: (+1-868) 662 2002
Ext. 83336
Fax: (+1-868) 662 6615

Head Person

Dr. Jeniffer Mohammed

Type of parent organisation

University Department

Area of specialization

Adult education

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