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Building a High-Quality Teaching Profession

Lessons from around the World

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This report presents the best current evidence about what can make teacher-oriented reforms effective and points to examples of reforms that have produced specific results, show promise or illustrate imaginative ways of implementing change. Its four chapters cover recruitment and initial preparation of teachers; teacher development, support, careers and employment conditions; teacher evaluation and compensation; and teacher engagement in education reform.

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Recruitment and initial preparationof teachers

Education systems face a demanding challenge in recruiting high-quality graduates as teachers, particularly in shortage areas. At the Summit, Brazil and China reported how they are wrestling with getting good teachers into their vast rural areas; Japan and several other countries reported on planning for large-scale imminent retirements; the United States expressed concerns about high attrition rates, with teachers simply leaving the profession; the Netherlands reported on how decisions on class-size reductions had increased the demand for teachers and Belgium noted that the teaching force does not reflect the increasing diversity of the population.

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