TALIS (Teaching and Learning International Survey)

The Teaching and Learning International Survey is an international study of teachers and teaching.

TALIS International Publications, Results and Information:

Please consider the environment before printing the contents of this report. For links to TALIS information, reports, results and frequently asked questions on the OECD website please refer to the 'Where to find out More' inset box (right).  To download the TALIS Teachers Guide please refer to the 'Downloads' inset box (below right).


Key Facts : TALIS

When: Term 4, 2017.  The previous cycle of TALIS was conducted in New Zealand in 2014.

Who: Teachers of students in Year 7, 8, 9 or 10 and their principals.

What: Professional development received by teachers and principals; the review, feedback and recognition teachers receive about their work;
teaching beliefs and practices; school leadership and climate.

How: Conducted under the auspices of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), managed within New Zealand by the Ministry of Education.

Where: More than 40 countries in 2017 and 2018.

What is TALIS?

The OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) is an international, large-scale survey that focuses on teachers and teaching.

TALIS examines:

  • the way in which teachers' work is recognised, appraised and rewarded
  • the degree to which teachers' professional-development needs are being met
  • the beliefs and attitudes about teaching that teachers bring to the classroom
  • the teaching practices that teachers adopt
  • the role of school leaders and the support that they give teachers
  • the extent to which certain factors may relate to teachers' feelings of job-satisfaction and self-efficacy.

Participating in TALIS is an opportunity for teachers and principals to provide input into educational policy analysis and development in key areas.

TALIS takes a representative sample of schools and teachers within schools. The target sample size per country is 200 schools; 20 teachers and 1 school leader in each school. Data is collected from questionnaires filled in on paper or online. In New Zealand questionnaires are available in both English and te reo Māori.

The overall objective of TALIS is to provide robust international indicators and policy-relevant analysis on teachers and teaching. Because TALIS cannot measure  teaching effectiveness directly, it looks at themes that are not only policy priorities for participating countries but have also been shown in the research literature to be associated with high quality teaching.Cross-country analyses provide the opportunity to compare countries facing similar challenges to learn about different policy approaches and their impact on the learning environment in schools.

The study is a collaboration between participating countries, the OECD, an international research consortium, social partners (including international teacher unions) and the European Commission.


For the 2018 cycle of TALIS New Zealand data will be collected in Term 4, 2017 and published in June 2019.