Cooperation in Teaching
It is interesting to survey how much of the world's teachers in basic education actually work as a team. The OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) provides a good starting point to answer this question. The following graph provides, for instance, an average picture of how a teacher spends his or her working hours per week:
|Above copied from TALIS 2013 Results: An International Perspective on Teaching and Learning.|
|Above copied from TALIS 2013 Results: An International Perspective on Teaching and Learning. |
On tasks other than teaching, Finland's teachers spend the least amount of time. In team work, for example, Japan and Finland are truly on opposite sides. Finland spends 1.9 hours per week on team work while Japan spends twice as much, 3.9 hours. Teachers in the United States, on average, spend 3.0 hours. Looking at the survey at greater detail, while only one in five lower secondary education teachers in Japan do not participate in collaborative professional learning, nearly half of Finland's instructors do not. The United States reports less than 10 percent of teachers not participating in this type of activity.