Education and Training Policy

English
ISSN: 
1990-1496 (online)
ISSN: 
1990-150X (print)
DOI: 
10.1787/19901496
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Presents a series of books on various aspects of education and training policy in OECD countries.
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Teachers Matter

Teachers Matter

Attracting, Developing and Retaining Effective Teachers You do not have access to this content

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OECD
08 June 2005
Pages:
240
ISBN:
9789264018044 (PDF) ;9789264018020(print)
DOI: 
10.1787/9789264018044-en

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Teachers Matter provides a comprehensive, international analysis of trends and developments in the teacher workforce in 25 countries around the world; research on attracting, developing and retaining effective teachers; innovative and successful policies and practices that countries have implemented; and teacher policy options for countries to consider.

While documenting many areas of concern about teachers and teaching, the report also provides positive examples of where policies are making a difference. It spotlights countries where teachers’ social standing is high, and where there are more qualified applicants than vacant posts. Even in countries where shortages have been a concern, there are recent signs of increased interest in teaching, and policy initiatives appear to be taking effect.

At a time when many countries are facing an ageing teaching workforce and having trouble attracting new recruits, this book provides insights into how governments can successfully deal with these issues.

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  • Introduction
    The OECD has made a major international study of policies for attracting, developing and retaining effective teachers in schools. Drawing on the experiences of 25 countries around the world, and extensive data and research, the OECD project has analysed the key developments affecting teachers and their work, and developed policy options for countries to consider.
  • Why Is Teacher Policy Important?
    This chapter provides the rationale for analysing teacher policy, and the framework used to study its main components and the ways they are interconnected.
    Teachers are important because of their impact on student learning. The research indicates that raising teacher quality is perhaps the policy direction most likely to lead to substantial gains in school performance.
  • Making Teaching an Attractive Career Choice
    The teaching profession needs to be competitive with other occupations in attracting talented and motivated people. This chapter reviews the trends that are raising concerns about teaching’s attractiveness as a career choice, reviews the evidence on the main causal factors involved, and develops policy options for countries to consider.
  • Developing Teachers' Knowledge and Skills
    The pace of social change and the heightened expectations of schools have broadened and deepened teachers’ roles. This chapter discusses the different approaches that countries are taking to develop teachers’ knowledge and skills, and reviews promising initiatives in initial teacher education, induction, and professional development.
  • Recruiting, Selecting and Employing Teachers
    Teacher policy needs to ensure that the best available teachers are selected for employment, and that individual schools have the teachers they need. This chapter outlines concerns about recruiting, selecting and employing teachers and develops policy options for countries to consider.
  • Retaining Effective Teachers in Schools
    Teacher policy needs to ensure that teachers work in an environment which facilitates success and that effective teachers wish to continue in teaching. This chapter reviews the trends that are raising concerns about retaining effective teachers in schools. It examines the policy tools that are potentially available to maintain effective teachers in schools, reviews the evidence on the main causal factors involved and develops policy options for countries to consider.
  • Developing and Implementing Teacher Policy
    Teacher policy needs to draw on well-informed research, lead to sound agreements between stakeholders and offer solid implementation strategies. This chapter discusses the processes of consultation, development and implementation that underpin policies that work. It also examines the major gaps in the research and information base to support teacher policy, and suggests priorities for future work.
  • How the Activity Was Conducted
    The OECD Education Committee launched the Activity Attracting, Developing and Retaining Effective Teachers in April 2002. The OECD Education Ministers placed great importance on teachers in their April 2001 Communiqué Investing in Competencies for All.
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