The OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) focuses on the learning environment and working conditions of teachers in schools. It offers an opportunity for teachers and school principals to provide data for education analyses and policy development. The number of participating countries and economies has continued to grow over the 2008, 2013 and 2018 cycles, with more than 45 participating in the 2018 survey. Cross-country analyses provide opportunities not only to identify countries with similar challenges in relation to about 10 thematic areas (including school leadership, instructional practices, job satisfaction, and teaching in diverse environments) but also to learn from related policy approaches.
TALIS aims to collect trend data covering educational key issues every five years using a cross-sectional design. The study also seeks to gather data concerning relevant contemporary policy issues that emerge from one cycle to the next.
As the international study center for OECD TALIS, IEA manages communication and collaboration between the consortium partners, as well as with the study’s national project managers and their teams.
IEA also implements or coordinates all survey operations tasks, such as sampling; translation and verification; development of manuals, guidelines, and software; monitoring of data collection; and international data processing and analysis. IEA furthermore provides consultation and training services in the participating countries in various fields, including national sampling design, field operations, data management, and data analysis, and in relation to general methodological and statistical issues.
The consortium’s scope of work with regard to TALIS 2018 also includes the conceptual development of the survey as well as convening and chairing the questionnaire expert group (QEG). The QEG has been commissioned with developing the study’s framework, questionnaires, and analysis plan in preparation for the intended reporting of study findings in June 2019.