Teachers Matter provides a comprehensive, international analysis of trends and developments in the teacher workforce in 25 countries around the world; research on attracting, developing and retaining effective teachers; innovative and successful policies and practices that countries have implemented; and teacher policy options for countries to consider.
While documenting many areas of concern about teachers and teaching, the report also provides positive examples of where policies are making a difference. It spotlights countries where teachers’ social standing is high, and where there are more qualified applicants than vacant posts. Even in countries where shortages have been a concern, there are recent signs of increased interest in teaching, and policy initiatives appear to be taking effect.
At a time when many countries are facing an ageing teaching workforce and having trouble attracting new recruits, this book provides insights into how governments can successfully deal with these issues.
Table of contents:
Foreword Executive Summary Chapter 1. Introduction: The Focus on Teachers Chapter 2. Why Teacher Policy is Important Chapter 3. Making Teaching an Attractive Career Choice Chapter 4. Developing Teachers' Knowledge and Skills Chapter 5. Recruiting, Selecting, and Employing Teachers Chapter 6. Retaining Effective Teachers in Schools Chapter 7. Developing and Implementing Teacher Policy Appendix 1. How the Activity was Conducted Appendix 2. A Framework for Informing Teacher Policy