14.12.2016 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

Third and sixth grade teachers in Latin America and the Caribbean: Characteristics, perceptions and relationship with student learning achievement

Teachers are a key factor for improving student learning. Teachers are in daily contact with their students in the classroom giving them (or not) the opportunities required for learning the contents, skills and competences required for their development.

It is then relevant to know about the teachers that teach thousands of school children in the region. What is their level of training? Are they motivated with their profession? What are their perceptions regarding teaching and learning conditions in the school?

The purpose of this study is twofold: (1) to know the characteristics and perceptions of teachers which are relevant to educational policy; (2) to understand how these characteristics and perceptions relate to levels of student achievement.

These questions were answered with information obtained from TERCE (Third Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study) of the Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality of Education (LLECE), of the Regional Bureau for Education in Latin American and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago).

The TERCE study was administered in 2013 in 15 countries of the region (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay) and in the Mexican state of Nuevo León.

The TERCE study administered mathematics, reading, writing and natural sciences tests to representative samples of third and sixth grade students at a national (or regional) level. The TERCE also collected information on the educational context through questionnaires answered by students, their families, their teachers and their principals of the participating schools. In this report, teacher replies to the Teacher Questionnaire were related with the mathematics scores of third and sixth grade students.

The development of the second thematic report of the Third Regional Strategy on Teachers Technical Secretariat and the Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality of Education (LLECE), based at OREALC/UNESCO Santiago.

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