The OECD has just released the results of its latest Teaching & Learning International Survey or TALIS that offers a snapshot of what teachers think (in Australia and around the world).
Here are 6 quick findings.
Despite media attention on class sizes, it is not the number of students, but rather the nature of students (e.g. students with behavioural problems) that has the largest impact on teacher satisfaction and their beliefs about what is realistically possible to achieve with that class.
Less than one third of teachers, believe that colleagues who are seriously underperforming will be dismissed.
Australian teachers report working an average of 42.7 hours per week, which is about 5 hours more than the average for teachers worldwide (38 hrs) and about 3 hours more than most Australians in other occupations (39.7 hrs).
Australian teachers spend less time in front of a class than they do doing other duties such as preparation, marking, playground duty, extra-curricular work, attending meetings and administrative tasks. Finland (who is regularly at or near the top on international tests), has teachers who spend about two-thirds of their work hours in the classroom.
Over 40% of Australian teachers say they have never observed or given feedback to their colleagues.
Approximately 60% of teachers in Australia feel that our society does not value education or the teaching profession. By contrast, approximately 60% of teachers in Finland feel that they are valued.