Teaching Around the World: What Can TALIS Tell Us?

published 31 March 2015 updated 31 March 2015

The Teaching and Learning International Survey of 2013 (TALIS)—representing the views of teachers and principals in lower secondary schools from 34 jurisdictions around the world—tells us a great deal about the conditions for teaching in different countries today and what these may mean for the future of the teaching force and the quality of teaching.

The report "Teaching Around the World: What Can TALIS Tell Us?" commissioned by EI, underlines the connection between teachers’ self-efficacy, job satisfaction and professional collaboration.

Collaborative and effective professional learning opportunities were found to be associated with teachers’ practices, especially with respect to those that encourage what are commonly referred to as “21st century skills” — problem solving, inquiry, critical thinking, and collaboration, for example.

While most teachers agreed that they experienced "a collaborative school culture characterized by mutual support", there were noticeable differences in the degree to which principals and teachers reported this kind of climate. In recent years, a number of nations have placed more emphasis on teacher appraisal.

The data in TALIS 2013 provide important insights into the policies that can support and strengthen teaching and lead to high-quality learning for students.

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