TALIS 2013 Results

An International Perspective on Teaching and Learning

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How can countries prepare teachers to face the diverse challenges in today’s schools?  The OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) helps answer this question by asking teachers and school leaders about their working conditions and the learning environments at their schools. TALIS aims to provide valid, timely and comparable information to help countries review and define policies for developing a high-quality teaching profession. It is an opportunity for teachers and school leaders to provide input into educational policy analysis and development in key areas.  This report presents the results of the second cycle of the TALIS survey conducted in 2013.

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Developing and Supporting Teachers

This chapter focuses on the professional development experiences of teachers. Professional development refers to activities that aim to advance teachers’ skills and knowledge, with the ultimate aim of improving their teaching practice. The chapter looks at what studies say about the importance of professional development and then discusses reports from teachers about the different types of development opportunities they receive (including induction and mentoring programmes). It also examines the range of variables related to teachers and schools that might influence the amount of professional development that a teacher undertakes. The discussion then moves to the development needs that teachers identify and the barriers that prevent teachers from getting the professional development they desire. It concludes with recommendations for policy makers, school leaders and teachers.

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