Teaching around the world: What can TALIS tell us

published 23 February 2015 updated 10 January 2022
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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.

Educating students with the competencies required for the knowledge economies of the 21st century has increased the complexity of teaching. High-performing education systems tend to be those where the teaching profession is valued in society; that are able to attract high-quality individuals into teaching, train them well, and retain them in the profession by putting in place supports that address the working conditions in the schools they work; and support their ongoing professional learning.

TALIS tells us that valuing teaching and teacher learning, restructuring the work of teaching to enable greater professional collaboration, and providing meaningful feedback to teachers to support their work can help create a more attractive and efficacious teaching workforce.