General Teacher Questionnaire – English

Instructions

Dear teacher,

Thank you for participating in this study.

This questionnaire asks for information about:

  • Background information
  • Your initial education and professional development
  • Your school
  • Teaching practices

This information will help illustrate the similarities and differences between groups of teachers in order to better establish the context for students’ test results. For example, the information provided may help to establish what effect the availability of resources may have on student achievement – both within and between countries.

The questionnaire should be completed by you only. It should take about 30 minutes to complete.

If you do not know an answer precisely, your best estimate will be adequate for the purposes of the study.

Please note that the forward button used to proceed to the next question is located at the bottom right hand corner of your screen. In some instances you may need to scroll down to the bottom of your screen to access this forward button.

Your answers will be combined with answers from other teachers to calculate totals and averages. All information (or responses) you provide may only be used for statistical purposes and may not be disclosed, or used, in identifiable form for any other purpose except as required by law [Education Science Reform Act of 2002 (ESRA 2002), 20 U.S. Code, Section 9573].

According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control number. The valid OMB control number for this voluntary information collection is 1850-0755. The time required to complete this information collection is estimated to average 30 minutes per response, including the time to review instructions, search existing data resources, gather the data needed, and complete and review the information collection. If you have any suggestions for improving the form, or comments or concerns regarding the accuracy of the time estimate(s) or the status of your individual submission of this form, please write to: Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, N.W., Room 8122, Washington, D.C. 20006. O.M.B. No. 1850-0755, Approval Expires 08/31/2016

Background Information

TC001

Are you female or male?

(Please select one response.)

radio button unchecked Female

radio button unchecked Male

TC002

How old are you?

(Please move the slider to the appropriate number of years.)

Ages range from 20 years or younger to 70 or older.

TC004

What is your employment status as a teacher at this school?

(Please select one response.)

radio button unchecked Permanent employment (an ongoing contract with no fixed end-point before the age of retirement)

radio button unchecked Fixed-term contract for a period of more than 1 school year

radio button unchecked Fixed-term contract for a period of 1 school year or less

TC005

What is your current employment status as a teacher?

(Please consider your employment status at this school and for all your teaching employments together.)

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Full-time
(more than 90%
of full-time hours)
Part-time
(71-90% of
full-time hours)
Part-time
(50-70% of
full-time hours)
Part-time
(less than 50%
of full-time hours)
My employment status at this school radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
All my teaching employments together radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

TC006

In how many schools have you worked in the course of your teaching career?

(Include all schools, even if you worked at several schools at once.)

(Please move the slider to the appropriate number of schools.)

slider ranges from 1 to 20 or more schools

TC007

How many years of work experience do you have?

(Please round up to whole years no matter whether you worked part-time or full-time and move the slider to the appropriate number of years. If any option does not apply to you select "0" (zero).)

Year(s) working as a teacher at this school

Experience ranges from 0 to 50 or more years



Year(s) working as a teacher in total

Experience ranges from 0 to 50 or more years



Your Initial Education and Professional Development

TC012

What is the highest level of formal education you have completed?

(Please select one response.)

radio button unchecked High school and/or some college courses

radio button unchecked Associate's degree

radio button unchecked Bachelor's degree

radio button unchecked Master's degree

radio button unchecked Doctoral or professional degree (e.g., PhD, M.D., J.D.)

TC013

After completing high school, was your goal to pursue a career in the teaching profession?

(Please select one response.)

radio button unchecked Yes

radio button unchecked No

TC014

Did you complete a teacher education or training program?

(Please select one response.)

radio button unchecked Yes

radio button unchecked No

TC015

How did you receive your teaching qualifications?

(Please select one response.)

radio button unchecked I attended a standard teacher education or training program at an educational institution.

radio button unchecked I attended an in-service teacher education or training program.

radio button unchecked I attended a work based teacher education or training program.

radio button unchecked I attended training in another pedagogical profession.

radio button unchecked Other

TC018

Were any of the following included in your teacher education or training program or other professional qualification and do you teach them to the 10th grade in the current school year?

(Because this is an international survey, we had to categorize many of the actual subjects taught in schools into broad categories. If the exact name of one of your subjects is not listed, please mark the category you think best fits the subject.)

(If you need further explanation for terms used in this question, please use the help button.)

(Please select all that apply.)

Reading, writing and literature: reading and writing (and literature) in English, language arts, public speaking, literature, composition, communications, journalism

Mathematics: mathematics, mathematics with statistics, geometry, algebra, etc.

Science: natural science, physics, physical science, chemistry, biology, human biology, earth and space sciences, environmental science, agriculture/horticulture/forestry

Technology: orientation in technology, including information technology, computer studies, construction/surveying, engineering, electronics, graphics and design, keyboard skills, word processing, workshop technology/design technology

Social studies: social studies, community studies, contemporary studies, economics, environmental studies, geography, history, humanities, legal studies, American studies, social sciences, ethical thinking, philosophy

Modern foreign languages: languages different from the language of instruction

Ancient languages (e.g., Latin)

Arts: arts, music, visual arts, practical art, drama, performance music, photography, drawing, creative handicraft, creative needlework

Physical education: physical education, gymnastics, dance, health

Religion and/or ethics: religion, history of religions, religion culture, ethics

Practical and vocational skills: vocational skills (preparation for a specific occupation), technics, domestic science, accountancy, business studies, career education, clothing and textiles, driving, home economics, polytechnic courses, secretarial studies, tourism and hospitality, handicraft.

  Included in my teacher education
or training program
or other professional qualification
I teach it to the 10th grade
in the current school year
Reading, writing and literature checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Mathematics checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Science checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Technology checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Social studies checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Modern foreign languages checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Ancient languages (e.g., Latin) checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Arts checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Physical education checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Religion and/or ethics checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Practical and vocational skills checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked

TC020

During the last 12 months, did you participate in any of the following activities?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Yes No
Degree program radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Participation in a network of teachers formed specifically for the professional development of teachers radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Individual or collaborative research on a topic of interest to you professionally radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Mentoring and/or peer observation and coaching, as part of a formal school arrangement radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Reading professional literature (e.g., journals, evidence-based papers, thesis papers) radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Engaging in informal dialogue with your colleagues on how to improve your teaching radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

TC021

Are you required to take part in professional development activities?

(Please select one response.)

radio button unchecked Yes

radio button unchecked No

TC045

Were any of the topics listed below included in your teacher education or training program or other professional qualification and your professional development activities?

(Please select all that apply.)

  Included in my teacher education
or training program
or other professional qualification
Included in my professional
development activities during
the last 12 months
Knowledge and understanding of my subject field(s) checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Pedagogical competencies in teaching my subject field(s) checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Knowledge of the curriculum checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Student assessment practices checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
ICT (information and communication technology) skills for teaching checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Student behavior and classroom management checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
School management and administration checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Approaches to individualized learning checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Teaching students with special needs checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Teaching in a multicultural or multilingual setting checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Teaching cross-curricular skills (e.g., problem solving, learning-to-learn) checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Student career guidance and counseling checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Internal evaluation or self-evaluation of schools checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Use of evaluation results checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Teacher-parent cooperation checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked

Your School

TC028

Is your school's capacity to provide instruction hindered by any of the following issues?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Not at all Very little To some extent A lot
A lack of teaching staff radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Inadequate or poorly qualified teaching staff radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
A lack of assisting staff radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Inadequate or poorly qualified assisting staff radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
A lack of educational material
(e.g., textbooks, IT equipment, library or laboratory material)
radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Inadequate or poor quality educational material (e.g., textbooks,
IT equipment, library or laboratory material)
radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
A lack of physical infrastructure (e.g., building, grounds,
heating/cooling, lighting and PA system)
radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Inadequate or poor quality physical infrastructure (e.g., building,
grounds, heating/cooling, lighting and PA system)
radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

TC060

To what extent do you disagree or agree with the following statements regarding your school?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Strongly Disgree Disgree Agree Strongly Agree
The principal tries to achieve consensus with all staff when defining priorities and goals in school. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
The principal is aware of my needs. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
The principal inspires new ideas for my professional learning. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
The principal treats teaching staff as professionals. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
The principal ensures our involvement in decision making. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

TC046

On average, how often do you do the following in this school?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Never Once a year or less 2-4 times a year 5-10 times a year 1-3 times a month Once a week or more
Teach jointly as a team in the same class radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Observe other teachers’ classes and provide feedback radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Engage in joint activities across different classes and age groups (e.g., projects) radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Exchange teaching materials with colleagues radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Engage in discussions about the learning development of specific students radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Work with other teachers in my school to ensure common standards in evaluations for assessing student progress radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Attend team conferences radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Take part in collaborative professional learning radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

TC026

We would like to know how you generally feel about your job. How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Strongly Disgree Disgree Agree Strongly Agree
The advantages of being a teacher clearly outweigh the disadvantages. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
If I could decide again, I would still choose to work as a teacher. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I regret that I decided to become a teacher. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I enjoy working at this school. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I wonder whether it would have been better to choose another profession. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I would recommend my school as a good place to work. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I am satisfied with my performance in this school. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
All in all, I am satisfied with my job. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

Teaching Practices

TC048

How often do you assign the following activities to your students?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Never or almost never Once a year or less 2-4 times a year 5-9 times a year 1-3 times a month Once a week or more
Doing some short task (10 minutes to 2 hours) in teams such as exercises or problems radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Conducting a longer project (over several weeks) in teams such as writing a document, inventing something, etc. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Preparing and giving a talk/presentation together radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

TC051

How often do you use the following to grade students´ team collaboration activities?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Never or almost never Sometimes Often Always or almost always
No grades radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Individual grades for individual performance radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Collective grades for a group product radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Collective grades for individual contributions radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Individual grades for a group product radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

TC052

How often do you use the following types of collaboration during students' team collaboration activities?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Never or almost never Sometimes Often Always or almost always
Members of groups work according to specialization of each member. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Members of groups work on a collective outcome. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Group members receive different information (resource interdependence). radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Group members are assigned different roles (role interdependence). radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

TC053

How often do you use the following grouping practices during students' team collaboration activities?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Never or almost never Sometimes Often Always or almost always
Groups with a mix of abilities radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Groups of students with similar abilities radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Groups as the students choose them radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

TC054

How often do you use the following methods of assessing student learning?

(If you need further explanation of the term "standardized tests," please use the help button.) (Please select one response in each row.)

Here, the term standardized tests includes standardized mandatory tests (mandated e.g., by state, district, or other governing authorities) as well as standardized non-mandatory tests (e.g., publicly or commercial available standardized test material). These tests are consistent in design, content, administration and scoring. Results can be compared across students and schools.

  Never or almost never Some lessons Most lessons Every lesson or almost every lesson
I develop and administer my own assessment. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I administer a standardized test. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I have individual students answer questions in front of the class. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I provide written feedback on student work in addition to a grade. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I let students judge their own progress. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I observe students when working on particular tasks and provide immediate feedback. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I collect data from classroom assignments or home work. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

TC055

To what extent do you use the following approaches to assign final semester grades to students in 10th grade?

(If you need further explanation of the term "standardized tests," please use the help button.) (Please select one response in each row.)

Standardized tests are consistent in design, content, administration and scoring. Results can be compared across students and schools. This excludes teacher-developed tests.

  Not at all Very little To some extent To a large extent
I consider students’ individual improvement of performance since the beginning of the semester. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I consider students' problem solving ability. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I consider students' critical thinking ability. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I consider students' performance in collaborative problem solving activities. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I recognize students' effort; even if performance does not improve. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I compare student performance in the current course to that of students from the previous course. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I compare a student's performance to that of other students in the course. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I compare students’ performance to written federal or state performance standards. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I consider the degree to which the student participates in the class. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I base grades on standardized tests mandated by national, state or district authorities (e.g., the test in your state). radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I base grades on non-mandatory, publicly or commercially available standardized tests (e.g., SAT). radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

Thank you very much for your cooperation in completing this questionnaire!

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