Supporting Teacher Professionalism

Insights from TALIS 2013

In series:TALISview more titles

Published on February 12, 2016

This report examines the nature and extent of support for teacher professionalism using the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) 2013, a survey of teachers and principals in 34 countries and economies around the world. Teacher professionalism is defined as the knowledge, skills, and practices that teachers must have in order to be effective educators.The report focuses on lower secondary teachers (ISCED 2) in different education systems and looks at cross-cultural differences in teacher professionalism. It explores how teacher professionalism is linked to policy-relevant teacher outcomes such as perceived status, satisfaction with profession and school environment or perceived self-efficacy. The publication also tackles equity concerns in teacher professionalism: it examines professionalism support gaps, which are defined as differences in support for teacher professionalism in schools with high levels of disadvantage as compared to those with low-levels of disadvantage. Last but not least, the report presents a number of policy-relevant recommendations to enhance teacher professionalism and equity in access to high-quality teaching in OECD member countries.


Foreword and acknowledgements
Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary
Conceptualising teacher professionalism
The nature and extent of teacher professionalism
Teacher professionalism and policy-relevant outcomes
Equity and teacher professionalism
Policy recommendations to support teacher professionalism
Annexes6 chapters available
Technical annex
System-specific profiles of teacher professionalism
Teacher professionalism support gaps between high and low second-language schools
Teacher professionalism support gaps between high and low special-needs schools
Teacher professionalism support gaps between high and low socio-economically disadvantaged schools
System equity profiles
Powered by OECD iLibrary







Archived Webinar - Friday, 12 February 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ET)

The Alliance for Excellent Education and the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) joined forces with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to host a joint U.S. release of the OECD’s new report Supporting Teacher Professionalism. 

In Focus briefs
Teaching in Focus brief no. 14: Teacher Professionalism (English)
L'enseignement à la loupe no. 14 : Professionnalisme des enseignants (Français)

Why Teacher Professionalism Matters

Country Note
United States 

- TALIS 2013: Full selection of indicators

Data are available in the Education GPS