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Working and Classroom Conditions: Teacher working hours


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Table 4. Average number of 60-minute hours lower secondary education teachers report having spent on work-related activities during the most recent complete calendar week, by activity and education system: 2013 (NOTE: this is a 3-part table. See Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3)
Education system Hours spent on communication and cooperation with parents or guardians Hours spent engaging in extracurricular activities (e.g., sports and cultural activities after school) Hours spent on all other tasks
Average (S.E.) Average (S.E.) Average (S.E.)
Australia 1.3 (0.08) 2.3 (0.19) 2.2 (0.12)
Brazil 1.7 (0.06) 2.4 (0.08) 2.2 (0.10)
Bulgaria 1.7 (0.05) 2.0 (0.06) 1.7 (0.07)
Chile 2.0 (0.12) 2.0 (0.11) 2.2 (0.18)
Croatia 1.5 (0.08) 1.9 (0.08) 1.8 (0.07)
Cyprus 1.7 (0.08) 2.5 (0.14) 2.2 (0.15)
Czech Republic 0.9 (0.03) 1.3 (0.06) 1.4 (0.06)
Denmark 1.8 (0.09) 0.9 (0.08) 2.3 (0.14)
Estonia 1.3 (0.05) 1.9 (0.07) 1.5 (0.07)
Finland 1.2 (0.05) 0.6 (0.06) 1.0 (0.07)
France 1.0 (0.04) 1.0 (0.04) 1.1 (0.05)
Iceland 1.4 (0.06) 1.1 (0.09) 2.3 (0.11)
Israel 1.8 (0.07) 1.7 (0.13) 3.8 (0.14)
Italy 1.4 (0.03) 0.8 (0.05) 0.7 (0.06)
Japan 1.3 (0.03) 7.7 (0.19) 2.9 (0.11)
Korea, Republic of 2.1 (0.07) 2.7 (0.11) 2.6 (0.10)
Latvia 1.5 (0.06) 2.1 (0.07) 1.4 (0.08)
Malaysia 2.4 (0.11) 4.9 (0.16) 4.3 (0.16)
Mexico 2.3 (0.08) 2.3 (0.10) 2.0 (0.10)
Netherlands 1.3 (0.04) 1.3 (0.08) 2.5 (0.14)
Norway 1.4 (0.06) 0.8 (0.09) 1.4 (0.17)
Poland 1.3 (0.04) 2.4 (0.06) 1.9 (0.10)
Portugal 1.8 (0.13) 2.4 (0.17) 2.6 (0.16)
Romania 1.8 (0.06) 2.3 (0.08) 1.8 (0.08)
Serbia 1.6 (0.05) 2.2 (0.08) 2.1 (0.07)
Singapore 1.6 (0.03) 3.4 (0.06) 2.7 (0.09)
Slovak Republic 1.3 (0.06) 2.0 (0.08) 1.6 (0.08)
Spain 1.5 (0.04) 0.9 (0.08) 1.5 (0.07)
Sweden 1.8 (0.05) 0.4 (0.03) 1.7 (0.06)
Abu Dhabi-United Arab Emirates 2.6 (0.17) 2.5 (0.13) 2.1 (0.14)
Alberta-Canada 1.7 (0.08) 3.6 (0.17) 1.9 (0.13)
Belgium-Flemish 0.7 (0.03) 1.3 (0.10) 1.4 (0.05)
England-United Kingdom 1.6 (0.04) 2.2 (0.12) 2.3 (0.13)
International average2 1.6 (0.01) 2.1 (0.02) 2.0 (0.02)
United States 1.6 (0.08) 3.6 (0.26) 7.0 (0.35)
1 Including teaching, planning lessons, marking, collaborating with other teachers, participating in staff meetings and other tasks related to the teacher’s job at the school.
2 The international average is the average of the education systems that met the qualifying conditions, with each education system weighted equally. The United States did not meet the international standards for participation rates and, as a result, is not included in the international average and is shown separately from other education system estimates.
NOTE: A "complete" calendar week is one that was not shortened by breaks, public holidays, sick leave, etc. Also includes tasks that took place during weekends, evenings, or other off-classroom hours. The sum of hours spent on different tasks may not be equal to the number of total working hours because teachers were asked about these elements separately. It is also important to note that data presented in this table represent the averages from all the teachers surveyed, including part-time teachers. S.E. means standard error. TALIS sampled teachers at ISCED Level 2, which in the United States is grades 7, 8, and 9. Education systems are listed alphabetically by nation and then by subnational entities.
SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), 2013.