The overall purpose of the Activity is to provide policy makers with information and analysis to assist them in formulating and implementing teacher policies leading to quality teaching and learning at the school level. The Activity has several objectives:
to synthesise research on issues related to policies concerned with attracting, recruiting, developing and retaining effective teachers;
to identify innovative and successful policy initiatives and practices;
to facilitate exchanges of lessons and experiences among countries; and
This document describes the objectives and organisation of the Activity. It comprises: (i) Purposes; (ii) Context; (iii) Analytical framework; (iv) Key issues and questions being addressed; (v) Methodology; (vi) Timeline; and (vii) Guidelines for preparing Country Background Reports.
25 countries are participating in the Analytical Review strand. Nine countries are also participating in the Thematic Country Review strand.
Australia; Austria; Belgium (Flemish community); Belgium (French community); Canada (Quebec); Chile; Denmark; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Japan; Korea; Mexico; the Netherlands; Norway; the Slovak Republic; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; the United Kingdom; the United States.
Austria; Belgium (Flemish community); Belgium (French community); Germany; Hungary; Italy; Korea; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland.
Each country has appointed a National Coordinator to manage and facilitate the work.
The Activity will produce a range of outputs that will be disseminated through print and electronic means, and workshops and seminars.
Country Background Reports produced by all participating countries according to a common framework;
Country Notes prepared by external reviewers for the countries that have a thematic country review;
Data analyses and proposals for future data developments;
A final synthesis report that draws on the material produced by the Country Background Reports, the Country Notes, Commissioned Papers, data analyses and contributions from country experts.
The final synthesis report will be published in early 2005.
By the end of 2001, the OECD Secretariat completed two background papers for launching the Activity ;