Briefing paper

How prepared are teachers and schools to face the changes to learning caused by the coronavirus pandemic?

Information literacy Remote teaching Learning and teaching Information technology

Insights from TALIS 2018 shed light on the level of preparedness of teachers and schools to adjust to new ways of working in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. This will allow education systems to learn from the crisis and be better prepared for the challenges of teaching and learning in this new environment.

Key findings:

  • Prior to the crisis, only 53% of teachers reported using information and communications technology (ICT) for classwork on a frequent basis, and between 19% and 25% of schools faced shortages or inadequacy of digital resources, or issues with Internet access. Moreover, only 67% felt that they could support student learning through the use of digital technology (e.g. computers, tablets, smart boards).
  • In spite of these challenges, nearly 75% of teachers regarded most teachers in their school as open to change, and nearly 60% of principals reported frequent engagement in actions to support co-operation among teachers to develop new teaching practices in their school.
  • However, there was a limited degree of communication between teachers and parents prior to the crisis.
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Teaching in Focus #32