OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey 2013
TALIS 2013 is the second cycle of the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey. The first survey was conducted in 2007/2008. The main focus of TALIS is on the learning environment and working conditions of teachers in schools. It offers an opportunity for teachers and school principals to provide for education analyses and policy development in relation to the issues being studied in TALIS. Cross-country analyses from TALIS will allow countries to identify which other countries face similar challenges and to learn from other policy approaches.
The OECD Directorate for Education is the contracting body of the TALIS 2013 survey.
The TALIS 2013 Consortium is composed of the IEA Data Processing and Research Center (DPC) in Hamburg, Germany (home of the TALIS International Study Centre - ISC), the IEA Secretariat in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Statistics Canada in Ottawa, Canada.
The study is directed by Dr. Steffen Knoll supported by the deputy study director Ralph Carstens. Friederike Westphal is the responsible Project Manager assisted by Deputy Project Manager Mark Cockle who also acts as Deputy Data Manager. Alena Becker is the International Data Manager.
Dr. Paulina Koršnáková from the IEA Secretariat is responsible for coordinating the translation and verification process, organizing the International Quality Control Monitoring (IQCM), and chairs the Instrument Development Expert Group (IDEG) responsible for item development in TALIS 2013.
A framework development team has been appointed, consisting of Leslie Rutkowski (PhD), David Rutkowski (PhD), and Ellen Prusinski (all Indiana University, Bloomington, U. S. A.) and is coordinated by Dr. Steffen Knoll.
Two experts from Statistics Canada complete the TALIS 2013 Consortium. Jean Dumais is the leading sampling expert and the appointed sampling referee for TALIS 2013. Sylvie LaRoche is the Sampling Coordinator of the project.
As of June 2011, the following countries confirmed their participation in the study:
Australia, Belgium (Flanders), Canada (Alberta), Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom (England), and United States of America.
TALIS 2013 focusses on surveying teachers involved in lower secondary education and the principals of the schools in which they work. Separate questionnaires for teachers and principals have been developed by an international Instrument Development Expert Group (IDEDG) in consultation with teacher representative bodies, in particular the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) and the OECD. In addition, options are provided for surveying teachers involved in primary or upper secondary education, along with their principals.
The following countries are participating in the international option of surveying teachers and their principals in primary education (ISCED Level 1): Belgium (Flanders), Denmark, Finland, Mexico, Norway and Poland.
The following countries are participating in the international option of surveying teachers and their principals in upper secondary education (ISCED Level 3): Australia, United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi), Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Poland and Singapore.
All questionnaires are made available either as paper or on-line surveys. In addition, some TALIS participants are interested in surveying teachers and principals in those schools that have participated in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2012 cycle. Using school-level data from PISA 2012 schools will help to illustrate and better understand teacher responses made in TALIS 2013.
The following countries are participating in the international option of surveying teachers and their principals in the TALIS-PISA link: Australia, Finland, Latvia, Mexico, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Singapore.
The IDEG has developed questionnaire templates that need to be adapted according to the different target populations. To ensure high quality of adaptation and translation all instruments have to undergo rigorous quality control procedures.
The TALIS 2013 pilot study was conducted in summer 2011. The field trial was carried out in winter/spring 2012. For Southern Hemisphere countries, the main survey administration period is October to December 2012 whereas Northern Hemisphere countries will collect main survey data between February and April 2013. The international report is expected to be published in late 2014.
Tasks of the IEA DPC in conducting the study
The IEA DPC serves as the International Study Centre and coordinates the whole survey following high quality standards. The survey schedule has been developed in close co-operation with the OECD. The IEA DPC establishes and maintains regular contact with all National Project Managers and National Data Managers of the participating countries. Furthermore, the IEA DPC will support the analysis of the main survey data and the preparation of the international TALIS 2013 report.
The main tasks of the International Study Centre are:
- the preparation, coordination and monitoring of all administrative processes of the TALIS 2013 project
- to liaise with the OECD, the IDEG and the national study centres
- the organization of regular meetings at international level
- to provide individual country support
The IEA DPC is responsible for the overall data management of the survey. This includes the following tasks:
- the development of software for sampling within institutions and data entry
- the development of programs for data cleaning and quality control
- the preparation and coordination of on-line data collection
- the preparation of international codebooks and survey operation manuals
- the provision of data management seminars and country support regarding data entry, documentation of national adaptations, data cleaning, file building and production of basic statistics
- the provision of general methodological and statistical advice
Dr. Steffen Knoll & Ms. Friederike Westphal
IEA Data Processing and Research Center
Phone: +49 40 48500 730
Fax: +49 40 48500 505