Teaching and Learning in the Age of Coronavirus: Lessons from TALIS 2018

It's not all about technology, it's about whether students have the motivation, the capacity, the self-organization skills to actually learn on their own.


by Jennifer Craw

It's not all about technology, it's about whether students have the motivation, the capacity, the self-organization skills to actually learn on their own.

What can the recently released 2018 Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) Volume II results tell us about how prepared school systems are to manage distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic? This week, NCEE hosted a webinar centered on lessons from TALIS 2018 for the U.S. that featured Anthony Mackay and OECD’s Director for Education and Skills Andreas Schleicher. The survey asked 260,000 teachers in 15,000 schools across 48 countries and economies about working conditions and learning environments at their schools. During the webinar, Schleicher and Mackay discussed the importance of teacher collaboration and technology usage at a time when distance learning is required everywhere. Schleicher noted that teaching practices have not been adequately focused on the type of extended, self-directed projects that foster the development of self-organization and motivation—skills that students need to stay engaged and focused on their own learning when they are outside of the classroom. Visit our website to watch a recording of the webinar, view Schleicher’s presentation, and learn more about TALIS.