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For Many Teachers, Classroom Is A Lonely Place

For Many Teachers, Classroom Is A Lonely Place

A new study has found that teachers in the United States work largely in isolation.

According to the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), U.S. teachers report they engage less often in collaborative efforts with colleagues.

Working with colleagues could benefit not only the teachers, but also students, according to the findings of TALIS, a 34-country survey of 100,000 teachers and principals conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in 2013.

“TALIS is teaching us the value of professional collaboration among teachers in terms of its benefits for both students and teachers, but we need to know more about what kinds of collaboration are more effective than others,” said Boston College Professor Andrew Hargreaves.

The findings from TALIS were presented during the American Educational Research Association annual meeting.

According to the study’s findings, 53 percent of U.S. teachers reported they never teach with a colleague in the same classroom, compared to 42 percent of the international sample. Half of U.S. teachers report they rarely observe their peers teaching or provide feedback to colleagues.

Approximately 42 percent of U.S. teachers report they never undertake joint projects across classes or grade levels, compared to just 22 percent of teachers internationally, according to the study’s findings.

“TALIS evidence on the U.S. shows that high numbers of teachers are experiencing the impact of accountability for results but insufficient support to work together so they can achieve those results,” said Hargreaves.

Source: Boston College

For Many Teachers, Classroom Is A Lonely Place

Janice Wood

Janice Wood is a long-time writer and editor who began working at a daily newspaper before graduating from college. She has worked at a variety of newspapers, magazines and websites, covering everything from aviation to finance to healthcare.

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Wood, J. (2018). For Many Teachers, Classroom Is A Lonely Place. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 1, 2020, from
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