Teachers Getting the Best out of Their Students

From Primary to Upper Secondary Education

Developing, promoting and maintaining a good professional teaching workforce from primary to upper secondary education is a policy imperative for education systems around the world. The data drawn from the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) can help policy makers and education practitioners design policies and practices that enhance teaching across education levels. This report presents TALIS 2018 findings for countries and economies that took part in the primary and upper secondary education survey. It focuses on the following research questions: What are the levels of teachers’ and school leaders’ professionalism in primary and upper secondary education? What are some of the educational challenges unique to each education level? What are the factors that could explain differences in the levels of professionalism across education levels? The findings offer a broader view of teachers and school principals across all levels of compulsory education and the similarities and differences in the issues they face. The report also offers policy reflections on these findings.

Published on September 28, 2021Also available in: French

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Reader’s guide
What is TALIS?
Executive summary
Overview: Opportunities and challenges for the teaching profession from primary to upper secondary education
Attracting and selecting high‑calibre candidates
Preparing teachers and school leaders as expert professionals
Enabling lifelong learning of teaching professionals through in‑service opportunities
Empowering teaching professionals
Building fulfilling working conditions, well-being and satisfactory jobs
Annexes3 chapters available
Technical notes on TALIS 2018
Technical notes on analyses in this report
List of tables available on line
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