ERIC Number: ED476505
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Teachers in Latin America: Who Is Preparing Our Children for the Knowledge Century? LCSHD Paper Series.
Alvarez, Benjamin; Majmudar, Juliet
The argument presented in this paper is that teachers are the fundamental engine for enacting long-term change in education, and that their professional development is indispensable for obtaining the expected outcomes in educational systems. The paper presents a brief overview about the primary teachers in Latin America and identifies the principal problems faced by human resources policy in the Latin American countries. It proposes three potential areas for immediate intervention: (1) preservice training of teachers and their participation in a continuous learning process; (2) working and learning environment in the school; and (3) the institutional framework for development of the teaching profession. Due to limited information about teachers in Latin America, knowledge on the subject tends to be scarce, anecdotal, and unreliable; and the policies governing the activity of the teaching profession have commonly been oriented toward solving cyclical crises in educational systems. (Contains 14 illustrations, 18 notes, 1 box, and 1 table.) (BT)
Descriptors: Developing Nations, Educational Change, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Professional Development, Student Needs, Teacher Education, Teachers, Work Environment
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: World Bank, Washington, DC.