On February 25, 2015, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) hosted a webinar that looked at international contrasts in the teaching profession using recent data from the OECD’s Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS). TALIS represents the voice of teachers, a critical component to a meaningful conversation about education.
Some key issues discussed included:
- Most U.S. teachers are satisfied with their jobs but do not feel their profession is valued by society. Do teachers in other countries generally feel this way?
- U.S. teachers spend more time on teaching than teachers in any other country. What does this tell us?
- U.S. teachers are engaged in multiple types of professional learning. How does this compare with other countries?
TALIS is a large-scale international survey that focuses on the working conditions of lower secondary teachers and the learning environment in schools. In 2013, 34 countries and economies participated in TALIS, including the United States.
Angela Minnici, Director of the Education Policy Center at AIR
Melinda George, President of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF)
Dana Kelly, Senior Research Scientist at the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education
Emily Davis, U.S. Department of Education Teaching Fellow
About the RISE Webinar Series
The Research on International Studies in Education (RISE) Webinar Series showcases research using data from international studies and promotes sharing and discussion about how data-based evidence can be used for improving educational outcomes. The RISE Webinar Series is organized by AIR. To receive emails about RISE and invitations to upcoming webinars, please email RISE@air.org.