Teachers and Educational Quality: Monitoring Global Needs for 2015

UNESCO Institute for Statistics report

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Publication Date: 2006
Author/Publisher: UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)
Language: English
ISBN: 92-9189-033-2

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Looming teacher shortages in developing countries have sparked debate on the resources required to achieve international education goals by 2015. This report evaluates the status of teachers and teacher quality worldwide in order to better inform this debate. It also examines how the international goals can be attained by forecasting the teacher supply required to reach universal primary education while recognising some of the specific constraints facing countries.

But the quantity of pupils and teachers depend, to a large degree, on the quality of education. Indeed poor education quality partly explains why in some less-developed countries nine out of ten children may enter school, but only three children complete their primary education. In response, the report examines teacher quality through cross-national data on teacher qualifications, knowledge of subject matter and continuous professional development.

By highlighting trends in teacher quantity and quality, this report explores the policy implications of bridging gaps between the two. It also compares the strengths, shortcomings and imbalances of recruitment and deployment policies around the world. Data on less-developed countries, in particular, are presented from a wide range of sources, including administrative data, student assessment studies and a special data collection on primary and secondary teachers in 25 countries. The report aims to inform policymaking and uses international benchmarks to monitor change.


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