The “Better teaching for better learning: TALIS 2013 results” debate, held in partnership with the OECD, is timed to follow the release of the latest (2013) TALIS data, from more than 30 countries, at a special OECD seminar in Tokyo, Japan, that will be attended by education ministers from around the world.
Lead EFF10 debater Andreas Schleicher is the OECD’s acting director of education and special adviser on education policy to the secretary-general. He is joined by Professor Michael Fullan, former dean of the Ontario Institute of Education Studies in Education, who is currently working with 1,000 schools worldwide to pilot and define “new pedagogies” and how they can be supported and accelerated by technology.
Those who join the debate – conducted across Cisco’s TelePresence video network, and on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook – will get a first look at the TALIS data and share in the expertise of the lead debaters along with EFF’s usual fellows and selected guests in Cisco studios all over the world.
Drop in for lunch
Promethean education officer Jim Wynn is looking forward to a debate that gets to the heart of key issues for educators, schools and policy makers as education systems face increasing pressure for change. "Across the world there is a quiet revolution going on in the classroom but it is often difficult to get an insight into current practice," he said.
"This is why TALIS is so important as it helps give us the information we need to look into what is happening today in classrooms around the world. Leaders like Andreas Schleicher and Michael Fullan can give us very clear insights into what the data is saying and what great learning can look like and, moreover, how systems can be changed for the better.
“Last year we found out from PISA about the quality of education systems and, through TALIS 2013, we will have the latest data, analysis and exciting theories from educators around the world that can be used to drive and transform children’s learning experiences and life chances.
“Of course the timing of this debate can make it difficult for teachers to tune in during the school day. But as a former headteacher I know that I would find a way for groups of leaders and teachers to drop in on the debate via a local browser over lunch. I would also find a way for learners to watch and see what their reaction is to the findings. We will certainly be overjoyed to share their contributions via Twitter or Facebook. Imagine if one of your students could have their question answered by Andreas Schleicher or Michael Fullan.”
The OECD’s TALIS survey asks teachers (lower secondary) and school leaders about the conditions that make up the learning environments in their schools. These include: initial teacher education and professional development; what sort of appraisal and feedback teachers get; the school climate; school leadership; and teachers’ instructional beliefs and pedagogical practices.
Positive strategies for effective teaching and learning
As a result the TALIS report is in a strong position to provide positive strategies for effective teaching and learning. And that makes the feedback extremely important for the people who work with teachers and for policymakers and politicians who now appear unified in the view that teachers are the key to any successful education system. The previous survey was carried out in 2008 and the current data is based on the survey that was carried out in 2013.
The person who is best placed to appraise the current readiness of teachers in OECD countries to deal with the increasing rate of change being visited upon them is Kristen Weatherby, a senior policy analyst with the OECD, and responsible for the TALIS programme. A former teacher, now based in Paris, she is well known in the UK for her work developing the innovative teacher network created by Microsoft’s influential Partners in Learning programme.
Kristen Weatherby was a lead debater along with Professor Fullan in the EFF8 debate “New Pedagogies – is this the time” and is looking forward to playing her part in EFF10. “I’m particularly excited that this debate is focused on TALIS,” she said. “The survey dispels many myths that exist about teachers today and I feel honoured to be in the position to give you a glimpse behind the classroom doors and share insights from the survey on better teaching for better learning."
The EFF10 debate, “Better teaching for better learning: TALIS 2013 results”, will be streamed live at 1pm UK time on June 25 at www.PrometheanPlanet.com/EFF
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