TALIS (The Teaching and Learning International Survey) is the OECD’s Teaching and Learning International Survey which provides internationally comparative perspective on conditions of teaching and learning.
TALIS collects data on the learning environment and the working conditions of teachers in schools across the world with the aim to provide valid, timely and comparable information from the perspective of practitioners in schools. Cross-country analysis from TALIS enables countries to identify other countries facing similar challenges and to learn from other policy approaches to develop a high-quality teaching profession. The survey is good opportunity for teachers and school leaders to provide input to policy-making process in education field by expressing their opinion.
Estonia has participated in all TALIS surveys. First survey was conducted in 2008 when 24 countries participated. In 2013 34 countries participated. Currently, the survey for 2018 is prepared. Interest has been shown by 45 countries (some countries do not participate as whole, rather some regions are represented). Test-survey in Estonia was conducted from 1st to 28th Feburary 2017 and the main survey will take place in March and April 2018. The pool of participants in chosen randomly, while the pool consists of 200 schools per country, 20 teachers of 7-9 grade and school leader from each school.
TALIS 2013 covers 34 countries. 3129 lower secondary teachers (38%) and 197 school leaders (49%) in Estonia participated in the survey.TALIS 2013 Results: An International Perspective on Teaching and Learning
- The typical teacher in lower secondary education in Estonia is a 48 year old woman, who reports having 22 years of teaching experience and who completed a teacher education or training programme.
- On average, principals in Estonia are 52 years old and report having 12 years of experience in their role.
- 93% of lower secondary teachers report having undertaken professional development in the 12 months prior to the survey. The areas in which the highest proportions of teachers report a high need for professional development are developing information and communications technology (ICT) skills for teaching and strategies for using new technologies in the workplace.
- Teachers in Estonia report spending 84% of their lesson time on actual teaching and learning. This means that 14% of their time is reportedly spent on administrative tasks and keeping order in the classroom (5% and 9%, respectively). They also report spending 21 hours per week on average teaching, 7 hours preparing lessons and 4 hours marking student work.
- More than 90% teachers report overall satisfaction with their job. However, only 14% of them believe that teaching is a valued profession in society.