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ECCE IN TNT

ECCE IN TNT

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DOCUMENTRESUMEED411938PS025430AtrfHORTITLEPUBDATENOTELogie,CarolTheStatusofECCEProvisioninTrinidadandTobago.1997-00-0034p.;PaperpresentedatcheCaribbeanConferenceonEarlyChildhoodEducation(2nd,Barbados,WestIndies,April1-5,1997).AppendixBnotincopyreceivedbyERIC.Reports-Research(143)--Speeches/Meetingpapers(150)MFOI/PC02plusPostage.*DayCare;Demography;*EducationalEnvironment;EducationalPolicy;ForeignCountries;NationalSurveys;ParentEducation;Parents;PreschoolChildren;*PreschoolEducation;*PreschoolTeachers;*TeacherEducation;*TeacherQualifications;TeacherSalariesDevelopmentallyAppropriatePrograms;*TrinidadandTobagoPUBTYPEEDRSPRICEDESCRIPTORSIDENTIFIERS.\BSTRACTThisstudyexaminedtheprovisionofearlychildhoodcareandeducation(ECCE)inTrinidadandTobago,focusingontheeducationalenvironmentanddemographicfactorswithinECCE.Arepresentativenationalsampleof2,370children,175teachers,and883parentsfrom79publicandprivatecentersacrossthecountrycompletedquestionnairesorinterviews.Thestudyfoundthatalthoughmostteachershadcompletedsecondaryeducationandhadbeenteachingformorethan5years,manyearnedlessthantheminimumwage.ItwasalsofoundthatthedeliveryofECCEwasnegativelyaffectedbythelackufteachertrainingandtherefusalofteacherstousenon-traditionalmethodR.Manyprograms:werehighlyacademicallyoriented,oftenatadevelopmentallevelabovethatofthechildren;limitedtheuseofconcretematerials;andlimitedchildren'SoFPortunitiestosocialize.ThestudyconcludedthattoimprovetheprovisionofECCEinTrinid~dandTobago,policiesneedtobeadoptedthatfocusonupgradingtheskillsofECCEstaff,upgradingteachersalaries,providinginservicetrainingfacilitators,andlmprovetheexistingECCEteache~trainingprograms.(MDM)
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bottles,biscuittinsandpiecesofwood.Theseniorteacherreturnsandspeakstooneoftheteacheraidesarrangingtheshelves,"checkKisha'slunchkit-sce
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