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ERIC Number: EJ788769
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
More Alike than Different: Early Childhood Professional Development in Guatemala
Hardin, Belinda J.; Vardell, Rosemarie; de Castaneda, Albertina
Childhood Education, v84 n3 p128 Spr 2008
This article describes an early childhood professional development project that took place in the summer of 2005 in Guatemala City. Located in Central America, Guatemala has a population of approximately 12.3 million people, including more than two million children under the age of 5 (UNESCO Institute for Statistics, 2007; UNICEF, 2004). Events leading up to this training began in 2003, when one training team member conducted a reliability and validity study of the Spanish edition of the ACEI Global Guidelines Assessment (GGA) in five Latin America countries, including Guatemala (Barbour, Boyer, Hardin, & Wortham, 2004). The GGA is designed to assist early childhood care and education professionals in assessing and improving the quality of individual centers or groups of centers, particularly those in developing countries. Here, the authors first describe the need for professional development in Guatemala and the different types of early childhood services. Next, they provide an overview of the design and content of the summer 2005 professional development training. Lastly, the impact of the training from the perspectives of both the trainees and the faculty who provided the training is discussed, followed by implications for future collaboration with early childhood educators in Guatemala. (Contains 2 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Guatemala