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The Learning centre as a model has influenced teacher development in other countries around the world. In the early 1970s, teachers' centres were enthusiastically sold abroad as an effective way of responding to teachers' needs and of ensuring professional growth (Kahn 1982, Gough 1989).

There are a number of underlying ideas commonly identified with Learning centres, the most enduring one being that they should address teachers' needs. However, what Learning centres actually become and what they can achieve seems to depend very much on the context in which they are used.

Learning centres in developing countries have changed over time. In many countries they began in a small way to address local needs. More recently, with the moves to dramatically increase education provision and improve the quality of education, successive donor aided projects have taken over the running of these centres. These projects have rejuvenated the centres and often increased their number, and then they have used them for their own purposes. Under each project the role of the teachers' centre and the contribution it has made to teacher development and to improved practice in schools has changed.

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Peter Merckx,
9 Jan 2010, 02:30
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Peter Merckx,
9 Jan 2010, 02:27
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