Education: Countries must make teaching more financially and intellectually attractive (Bild: OECD)
The findings show that much still needs to be done to give teachers better opportunities to prepare for tomorrow’s world, writes the OECD.
Little more than half of teachers across participating OECD countries received training in the use of technology for teaching, and less than half felt well prepared when they joined the profession. Yet two thirds of teachers report that the most useful professional development they took part in focused on innovation in their teaching.“The quality of an education system can never exceed the quality of its teachers,” said Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director for Education and Skills.
“Governments should empower their teachers and school leaders with the trust and autonomy they need to innovate and instil a collaborative culture in every school. They also need to better recognise the importance and value of involving teachers in designing better practices and policies to create classrooms fit for the future.”Schools appear to be recognising the value of innovative teaching in responding to the challenges of the 21st century, according to the survey.
The vast majority of teachers and school leaders say their schools are open to innovative practices and have the capacity to adopt them. On average across OECD countries in TALIS, 78% of teachers also report that they and their colleagues help each other implement new ideas.
However, teachers in Europe are less likely to report such openness to innovation.Journalists are invited to contact Andreas Schleicher (tel. + 33 1 45 24 93 66) in the OECD’s Education and Skills Directorate or the OECD’s Media Division (tel.
+ 33 1 45 24 97 00). .
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