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Researchers and policy makers agree that recruiting, training and retaining quality teachers is key to improving student outcomes. Many OECD countries, however, face the challenge of an ageing teaching workforce, high rates of attrition among new teachers and a shortage of quality teachers in disadvantaged contexts. In some countries, there is also concern about the quality of teacher education and the attractiveness of the teaching profession. Recruiting high-achieving and motivated candidates into teacher education programmes is a mounting concern.
As an optional assessment module in TALIS 2024, the Teacher Knowledge Survey investigates how to improve the quality of teachers and teaching for better student learning by focusing on the following questions:
Participants in the Teacher Knowledge Survey complete:
The Teacher Knowledge Survey generates pedagogical “knowledge profiles” that paint a picture of the relative strengths of the knowledge base of the teaching profession in each country/system. For example, the knowledge profile below to the right exhibits a relative strength in assessment.
The Teacher Knowledge Survey builds on a pilot study conducted in 2016, as part of the ITEL project managed by the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation.