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close this bookEarly Child Development: Investing in the Future (World Bank, 1996, 112 pages)
close this folderPart II. The practice
close this folderTraining caregivers
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View the document5. Expanding teacher training programs in Trinidad and Tobago
View the document6. Introducing new teaching approaches in the former east bloc
View the document7. Meeting the increasing need for child care in Kenya

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It is erroneously assumed that anyone can take care of young children, despite the growing wealth of research confirming the importance of teacher training to the quality of the early childhood experience. Moreover, teachers are far too often regarded as custodians and dispensers of knowledge who must follow a centrally controlled curriculum regardless of local conditions or the efficacy of other forms of learning. Instead, teachers should be trained to distinguish aspects of the curriculum that can and should be changed to accommodate local customs from those that cannot be modified without seriously compromising the program's efficacy.