Teachers Matter

Attracting, Developing and Retaining Effective Teachers

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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.

English French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Hungarian, All


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.

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