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Asia-Pacific Early Childhood Care and Education: Teacher Training Handbook for Social and Emotional Learning (APETT-SEL)
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Paris, Bangkok | 2022 | 88 p.
Singh Diwan, Monisha
Corporate author: 
UNESCO Office Bangkok and Regional Bureau for Education in Asia and the Pacific; International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia and the Pacific Region; Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding
Asia and the Pacific
© UNESCO 2022

The handbook was initiated by UNESCO Bangkok. This effort is in response to the widespread recognition of social and emotional learning (SEL)’s importance and the lack of robust and more contextually relevant and culturally sensitive SEL programme for teachers to effectively deliver SEL. With this, UNESCO Bangkok aims to support the Member States in the Asia-Pacific to equip their early childhood care and education (ECCE) teachers with SEL knowledge and skills, and to ensure that children develop pro-social and emotional skills and positive relationships within the early stage of the learning process, particularly in enhancing (1) knowledge about student SEL and classroom management; (2) strategies to apply in the classroom; and (3) teachers’ own social and emotional competence.The handbook provides the context and foundation for the programme. The background of the initiative that led to the regional handbook and training modules (Chapter 1), the introduction of the purpose and use of the handbook (Chapter 2), an overview of ECCE (Chapter 3), SEL (Chapter 4), teachers’ professional education, learning and development (Chapter 5), and APETT-SEL conceptual framework followed by an overview of the four themes and ten modules (Chapter 6). The Glossary provides definitions and/or explanations of key educational terminologies used to provide greater clarity. The ten comprehensive training modules aim to build capacity of pre-primary and early primary teachers, both pre- and in-service, across four themes. The first theme focuses on teachers and their well-being; the second equips teachers in building pro-social and responsive classrooms; the third focuses on diversity, inclusion, cultural responsiveness, and equity; and the fourth focuses on SEL measurement and assessment. Each training module consists of scripted sessions and activities, as well as reference materials included as handouts and additional readings.

Resource Type: 
Curriculum, teaching-learning materials and guides
Civic / Citizenship / Democracy
Sustainable development / sustainability
Level of education: 
Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)
Social and emotional learning
early childhood education
preschool teacher education