* Montenegro is a state that still prescribes 100 percent of curricula and syllabi; thus, the differences between teachers in the Step by Step Program and the traditional programs are not highly visible, because both groups of teachers have to adhere strictly to the curricula and textbooks prescribed by the government.
* Students in the Step by Step classes showed a much higher level of knowledge compared to their peers in the traditional schools.
Pedagogical Implications of the Step by Step Program
* The research showed that Step by Step provides a good foundation for the application of an individualized approach in education.
* The Step by Step Program has exerted a dominant influence on the process of education reform in Montenegro.
That is why in Step by Step schools we insist on one of the basic principles of the open and democratic society and educational process--the principle of respect for individuality.
Teachers also must possess a great deal of ingenuity in order to adapt the Step by Step working curriculum to their classrooms, and do so without neglecting national education standards.
The initial Step by Step training exposed teachers to new concepts and ideas.
This interactive training provided a model for teachers that parallels the active learning that children experience in the Step by Step preschools.
The Step by Step Preschool Program is now nearing the end of its second academic year.
* ministries of education accept the Step by Step preschool curriculum as an alternative methodology
* a Step by Step Primary School Program that carries the methods and philosophy of the preschool program into the early primary grades