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Teaching in Focus

 

The Teaching in Focus briefs shed new light on issues surrounding the teaching and learning environment in schools and teachers’ working conditions. As well as touching on work from different projects on teachers and teaching in the OECD’s Directorate for Education and Skills, they present data from the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), which is the first and only international survey on the conditions of teaching and learning. TALIS fills important information gaps in the international comparisons of education systems. It offers an opportunity for teachers and school principals to give their input into education analysis and policy development in some key policy areas. Cross-country analysis from TALIS allows countries to identify other countries facing similar challenges and to learn from other policy approaches. These briefs will provide policy makers, school leaders and teachers alike with a unique perspective on the experiences of teachers in schools around the world.

 

 


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 34 -  Professional collaboration as a key support for teachers working in challenging environments (24 September 2020)

(coming soon in French)

  • Teacher collaboration is a crucial part of a teacher’s professional practices. It needs to be supported in challenging learning environments, in particular, and to be reinforced for the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Across the OECD, on average, one-fifth of teachers work in challenging school environments where more than 30% of students are from socio-economically disadvantaged homes.
  • TALIS data show that, for some countries and economies, teachers in such schools are more likely to undertake collaborative activities with their colleagues than teachers working in schools with lower concentrations of disadvantaged students. These activities include teaching jointly in teams in the same class, observing other teachers and providing feedback, engaging in joint activities across different classes and age groups, and participating in collaborative professional learning.
  • Teachers in schools with a high share of students from disadvantaged homes engage less often in the regular exchange of teaching materials with colleagues than teachers working in schools with a lower share of students from disadvantaged homes.
  • TALIS finds that teacher collaboration is associated with greater innovation (measured by the use of cognitive activation practices) in the classroom and higher levels of self-efficacy and job satisfaction among teachers.

Blog - Teacher collaboration in challenging learning environments, by Aakriti Kalra - External Consultant


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 33 - Foreign language teachers as ambassadors of multilingualism and international exchange: Evidence from TALIS 2018 (26 June 2020)

(coming soon in French)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 32 - How prepared are teachers and schools to face the changes to learning caused by the coronavirus pandemic? (29 May 2020)

(coming soon in French)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 31 - How teachers differ in their perceptions of leadership for learning: Clustering teacher data from TALIS 2018 (22 April 2020)

(Available in French, available in Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 30 - The teachers’ well-being conceptual framework: Contributions from TALIS 2018 (18 February 2020)

(coming soon in French, available in Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 29 - Supporting and guiding novice teachers: Evidence from TALIS 2018 (13 December 2019)

(available in French, available in Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 28 - How teachers update their teaching skills to cope with the rapidly changing world (5 September 2019)

(available in French, available in Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 27 - New insights on teaching and learning: Contributions from TALIS 2018 (5 June 2019)

(available in French, available in Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 26 - How teachers and schools innovate: New measures in TALIS 2018 (17 April 2019)

(available in French and Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 25 - How education systems respond to cultural diversity in schools: New measures in TALIS 2018 (5 February 2019)

(available in French and Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 24 - Changing interests and sustained knowledge in the TALIS 2018 framework (15 November 2018)

(available in French and Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 23 - Teaching students with special needs: Are teachers well-prepared(24 September 2018)

(available in French and Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 22 - Who wants to become a teacher and why? (19 June 2018)

(available in French and Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 21 - What does innovation in pedagogy look like(9 April 2018)

(available in French and Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 20 - What does teaching look like? A new video study (17 January 2018)

(available in French and Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 19 - How do teachers become knowledgeable and confident in classroom management? Insights from a pilot study (9 November 2017)

(available in French and Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 18 - How do teachers teach: insights from teachers and students (18 September 2017)

(available in French and Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 17 - Do new teachers feel prepared for teaching(9 May 2017)

(available in French and Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 16 - How can professional development enhance teachers’ classroom practices(10 April 2017)

(available in French and Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 15 - School leadership for developing professional learning communities (20 September 2016)

(available in French and Spanish)

          • Blog - Leaders for learningby Montserrat Gomendio, Deputy Director, Directorate for Education and Skills

Teaching in Focus Brief No. 14 - Teacher professionalism (12 February 2016)

(available in French and Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 13 - Teaching beliefs and practice (17 September 2015)
(available in French and Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 12 - Teaching with technology (15 July 2015)
(available in French and Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 11 - Supporting new teachers (19 May 2015)
(available in French and Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 10 - Embedding professional development in schools for teacher success
(available in French and Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 9 - Improving School Climate and Students' Opportunities to Learn
(available in French and Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 8What TALIS reveals about teachers across education levels 
(available in French and Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 7 - School improvement through strong leadership
(available in French and Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 6 - Unlocking the potential of teacher feedback
(available in French and in Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 5 - What helps teachers feel valued and satisfied with their jobs?
(available in French and in Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 4 - Fostering learning communities among teachers 
(available in French and Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 3 - How can teacher feedback be used to improve the classroom disciplinary climate? 
(available in French and Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 2 - What can be done to support new teachers?
(available in French and Spanish)


Teaching in Focus Brief No. 1 - Are teachers getting the recognition they deserve? 
(available in French and in Spanish)

 

 

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