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Global Teaching InSights


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Global Teaching InSights: A video study of teaching

What does teaching look like? What practices are most impactful? By directly observing teaching in the classroom, this study trialled new research methods to shed light on these key questions for raising student outcomes around the world. This report provides a detailed account of classroom management, social and emotional support, and instructional practices in the classrooms of eight countries and economies, drawing upon the observation of lesson videos and instructional materials, the analysis of teacher and student questionnaires, and the measurement of students’ cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes.

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Teaching for Climate Action

Transforming how our next generation thinks and acts about the environment and the world requires profound changes in teaching. Learn more on Global Teaching InSights and watch the presentation of these teaching insights at COP26 here 

 Around the world, researchers, policy makers, parents and students agree that teachers matter. Yet, we have just begun to understand what, how and why teachers do what they do in their classrooms. By directly observing teaching, the Study is trialling new research methods to answer these key questions, a critical step to better education. In parallel, the platform showcases quality teaching practices to spur reflection, knowledge sharing and peer collaboration among stakeholders at a global scale.


The Study

The Study is an innovative project that trials new methodologies to deepen our understanding of teaching and learning at an international scale. To have a better-rounded picture of the classroom, the Study collects observation and artefact evidence in addition to survey and achievement data. Its main goals are to:

  • understand which aspects of teaching are related to student learning and student non-cognitive outcomes
  • observe and document how teachers from participating countries and economies teach
  • explore how various teaching practices are inter-related, and how contextual aspects of teaching are associated with student and teacher characteristics.


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The Platform

The Global Teaching InSights initiative aims to make quality teaching practices from around the world visible through classroom videos in a digital platform. Authentic classroom videos will provide tangible examples of teaching to stimulate a new and more effective international, peer-driven discussion around pedagogy, broaden national horizons by presenting diverse teaching approaches and settings, and support the teaching profession with a powerful resource to improve classroom practice. Its main goals are to:                                            

  • understand how can tangible examples of practice from around the globe foster a more effective international dialogue on the key driver of student learning in the classroom
  • empower the teaching profession to share their expertise on the complexity of teaching, and its relationship to classroom challenges and contexts, at an international scale
  • explore the potential for classroom examples of practice from around the world to support national and local teacher education, and professional development opportunities.



Find out more

The Study

Technical documents

Report launch blog

TALIS Video Study Observation system

TALIS Video Study Progress Report

Teaching in Focus brief No. 20: What does teaching look like? A new video study (see in French and Spanish)

Blog - What does teaching look like

TALIS Video Study brochure

The Platform

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Take the Teaching Survey!

Global Teaching InSights Proposal

Global Teaching InSights brochure


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Anna PONS, Analyst and Project Manager

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