TALIS - The OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey
TALIS 2018 Results (Volume II)
Teachers and School Leaders as Valued Professionals
Understanding teachers and school leaders as “professionals” means having high expectations
of them as advanced knowledge workers. It means they should not only conduct their
work in an effective manner, but also strive to improve their skills throughout their
career, collaborate with colleagues and parents to work towards school improvement,
and think creatively about the challenges they face. However, if we expect teachers
and schools leaders to act as professionals, we should treat them as such. This report
aims to provide an in-depth analysis of teachers’ and school leaders’ perceptions
of the value of their profession, their work-related well-being and stress, and their
satisfaction with their working conditions. It also offers a description of teachers’
and school leaders’ contractual arrangements, opportunities to engage in professional
tasks such as collaborative teamwork, autonomous decision making, and leadership practices.
Based on the voice of teachers and school leaders, the report offers a series of policy
recommendations to help strengthen the professionalisation of teaching careers.
The OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) is the largest international
survey asking teachers and school leaders about their working conditions and learning
environments, and provides a barometer of the profession every five years. Results
from the 2018 cycle explore and examine the various dimensions of teacher and school
leader professionalism across education systems.
Published on March 23, 2020Also available in: French