The Status of Teachers and the Teaching Profession
This report is based on an extensive survey (responses from 73 Education International (EI) member organisations from all regions). It reveals the threats to the status of teachers from misguided “reforms” leading to precarious working conditions for teachers and education workers and curbing teachers' professional development, professional autonomy, social dialogue, and involvement in decision-making. Given the intimate relationship between teaching conditions and learning conditions; those same threats endanger the provision of quality education and education as a public good.
Teaching Around the World: What Can TALIS Tell Us?
The Teaching and Learning International Survey of 2013 (TALIS)—representing the views of teachers and principals in lower secondary schools from 34 jurisdictions around the world—tells us a great deal about the conditions for teaching in different countries today and what these may mean for the future of the teaching force and the quality of teaching.
The report "Teaching Around the World: What Can TALIS Tell Us?" commissioned by EI, underlines the connection between teachers’ self-efficacy, job satisfaction and professional collaboration.
Collaborative and effective professional learning opportunities were found to be associated with teachers’ practices, especially with respect to those that encourage what are commonly referred to as “21st century skills” — problem solving, inquiry, critical thinking, and collaboration, for example.
While most teachers agreed that they experienced "a collaborative school culture characterized by mutual support", there were noticeable differences in the degree to which principals and teachers reported this kind of climate. In recent years, a number of nations have placed more emphasis on teacher appraisal.
The data in TALIS 2013 provide important insights into the policies that can support and strengthen teaching and lead to high-quality learning for students.
Worlds of education #44
The 44th issue of Education International's on-line magazine, Worlds of Education, features articles by prominent academics highlighting the crucial role of teachers in the international education policy arena.
This edition celebrates teachers and teaching and focuses on the future of the teaching profession.
Making rights realities: Does privatising educational services for the poor make sense?
Professor Keith Lewin, of International Education and Development at the University of Sussex, and the Director of the Consortium for Research on Educational Access, Transitions and Equity, answers questions about the role that for-profit private providers of educational services can play in universalising access to basic education, where he argues the case for continued emphasis on public provision and financing of basic education to promote equitable development remains compelling.
10 Principles for a Global Education and Development Agenda Beyond 2015
EI has developed a flexible framework for the question concerning the global development of education and the MDG agenda after the 2015 deadline; EI took part in the online consultations for the “World We Want” Initiative, and EI will be attending the high level global thematic panel meetings in Dakar and Bali later this year. Currently, EI is advocating for: human rights—especially the right to an education to be at the core of a credible development and education framework; an education wherein the impacts of inequalities will not undermine or inhibit the full access to this right; particular attention to be paid to gender parity, special needs and disability students across all priorities within the global development framework; the level of quality of teachers as a key determiner for the level of quality of education that those teachers distribute; broader standards of evaluation in determining rates or levels of learning; the continued expansion of an equal access to quality education for all people, especially at the primary and secondary levels; sufficient, progressive public financing to ensure implementation and achievement of education for all people regardless of socio-economic status; and the utilization and influence of the past successes and failures of different education frameworks on the post-2015 framework.
Pearson and PALF: the Mutating Giant
In their latest work, renowned researchers Carolina Junemann and Stephen J. Ball present a compelling read for anyone concerned about the right of every child to a free quality public education. They reveal that there is an ever-growing concern associated with the continual rise of the commercialisation and privatisation in and of education driven by large global EDU-businesses, the operations of which are being allowed, facilitated and at times promoted by governments.
Tax Justice: A resource guide for education unions
This online resource guide is designed to help Education International (EI) affiliates be better informed about what advancements are being made by the tax justice movement, and what they can do in their own countries to ensure adequate funding of public services.
Around the world, tax havens, tax avoidance and corruption of multinational corporations are depriving governments every year of hundreds of billions of dollars desperately needed to pay for schools, materials and teachers. By removing tax havens, preventing harmful tax incentives, and by implementing progressive tax systems, governments can tap the resources needed to finance equitable quality education systems that are truly accessible to all.
Education International believes it is time for international action to reform national, regional and international tax systems to ensure that multinational corporations pay their fair share of tax so that governments have the resources needed to fund quality public services, including quality education.
Teacher union governmental relations in the context of educational reform
This study points out that governments tend to ignore teacher unions, at their own peril when constructing education policies; and it's based on the idea that genuine
that partnerships between teacher unions and governments are based on understanding
pluralism. This should be an understanding that governments and unions have different roles and that
union/government relationship should be informed by respect both for agreements
and disagreements.This study aims to show just how important teacher unions are to education and to the future of children and young people.
Hidden Privatisation in Public Education
"...The trend towards privatization of public education is hidden. It is camouflaged by the language of “educational reform,” or introduced stealthily as “modernization”. In the education sector, governments have historically made considerable use of contracting for non-core educational services, such as school transport, food services and cleaning. However, in recent years there has been a broadening in the scope of contracting undertaken in the education sector. In many countries this practice is now so normalized that it provokes little or no public comment. Trade unions have a major role to play in the monitoring and analysis of privatization moves and tendencies. the collection of information, construction of databases, and dissemination of information related to these tendencies is a key service and resource both for members and the public at large.”
Global Managerial Education Reforms and Teachers
The EI Research Institute and the University of Amsterdam IS Academie "Education and Development" have co-published a volume exploring the role that teachers play in global policy processes and the effects of education reforms on teachers' labour and professionalism in seven case study countries, including India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Namibia, Peru, Turkey and Uganda.
The chapters are based on empirical research and analyse how different global education policies, including PPPs, competency-based curriculum, school clusters, teachers' evaluation and accountability have been adopted and implemented in varying contexts and how they transform teachers' work. The various case studies show that teachers responses to global managerial education reforms are diverse and contradictory, yet all underline the crucial importance of teachers' agency for educational development.
EI Report to the Committee of Experts on the Application of the Recommendation concerning Teachers (CEART)
The Committee of Experts on the Application of the Recommendation concerning Teachers (CEART) is a joint committee of the ILO and UNESCO composed of 12 Experts. It meets every three years and is charged with monitoring the implementation of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers and the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel. Every three years, EI makes a submission to CEART on the status of teachers based on a special survey and other materials reflecting the experience of teachers and their trade unions.
Advocacy Toolkit for Teachers to Provide a Quality Education
The EFA Global Monitoring Report, the International Task Force on Teachers for Education for All and Education International jointly produced an advocacy toolkit aiming to help teachers use evidence based recommendations for their advocacy.
The toolkit, launched on World Teachers Day, offers resources and practical steps for teachers to get involved in campaigning with their policy makers for a quality education. It contains statistics and figures on and around teaching and learning, examples of best practices from around the world, as well as evidence that these practices have resulted in positive outcomes. A special chapter on practical steps to advocate for change closes the report.
Study on trends in freedom of association and collective bargaining in the education sector since the financial crisis
Education International commissioned this study to examine trends in freedom of association
and collective bargaining in selected countries throughout the world, both in countries which
have been deeply affected by the crisis, such as the USA, Spain and Greece, as well as those
countries which have continued to enjoy relatively continuous economic growth, such as
Brazil and Ghana. The study provides a general overview of the extent to which teachers are allowed to form
and join trade unions as opposed to professional associations and the framework and scope
for collective bargaining where permitted.
Public Private Partnerships in Education
"In an era of stretched public budgets and reduced taxation revenues, the involvement of private resources is increasingly seen as a strategy to sustain expansion of education opportunities both in quantity and quality. This view is shared not only by governments and industry, but also by many unions. This report maps and analyzes various reactions to PPPs in different contexts, seeking explanations, common trends and conditions under which some types of PPPs may be acceptable to unions...The only way unions can influence them in order to avoid their negative and dangerous impact and to foster any positive aspects, is to enhance their involvement in the PPP debate. Such engagement requires strategic thinking and an international perspective on the issue.
Closing the Trained Teacher Gap
Every Child Needs a Teacher: Closing the Trained Teacher Gap is a report jointly produced by the Global Campaign for Education and Education International identifying severe primary teacher gaps, its impact on education systems and to make recommendations for closing this gap.
This report was launched during an event at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 25, 2012. EI President Susan Hopgood argued why we need adequately trained and remunerated teachers for quality publicly provided education for all. Read the full speech.