Preschool Teachers’ Professionalism through Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP) Curriculum
When discussing the education system quality of a country, the main focus points to teachers’ professionalism. Teachers are the foundation to the education system as they are the implementors to the policy, curriculum goal and the government’s desires. Professional teachers will always perform the duties and responsibilities assigned to them with full dedication. In formal education in Malaysia, preschool is the most critical period to prepare children with various skills, self-esteem and positive attitudes for the next phase of learning. Even though many efforts have been implemented by the ministry to increase teachers’ professionalism, there still 9exists preschool teachers who failed to implement the curriculum as expected. Thus, this concept paper discusses the concept of Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP) to build the professionalism of preschool teachers. DAP is the basic knowledge that needs to be mastered by preschool teachers regarding appropriate teaching and learning strategies for children.