Brazil Report of Educator Effectiveness

Improving Brazil’s Teacher Workforce

There is a strong connection between a country’s future economic growth and the quality of its education system.

Brazil’s education system is often described by economists as fragile. Despite increased spending and improvements, experts warn that as the country emerges as an economic powerhouse, its education system could hinder development. To maintain its status as one of the largest economies in the world, Brazil must overcome the lack of well-educated professionals in the workforce.

Teachers are the strongest school-based factor in student achievement. By focusing on teacher quality and effectiveness, Brazil can work to improve its education system.

What does it mean to be an effective teacher? By whose definition? Pearson asked students, parents, teachers, principals, policymakers and education researchers across Brazil what they thought.

Top 10 most important qualities of teachers in Brazil:

  1. Ability to Develop Trusting, Productive Relationships
  2. Professionalism
  3. Patient, Caring, Kind Personality
  4. Dedication to Teaching
  5. Teaching Skills/Pedagogical
  6. Ability to Make Ideas and Content Clear
  7. Subject Matter Knowledge
  8. Ability to Engage Students in Learning
  9. Classroom Management Practices
  10. Knowledge of Learners

Relationships are the Foundation for Teaching

We were surprised by the general consistency in findings across the groups. All stakeholders endorsed the importance of teachers building trusting relationships and relating well to students; being patient, caring; being professionalism; and dedication to teaching.

However, we also found that there were discrepancies between survey responses and the 2006 National Curricular Guidelines for the Pedagogy Course standards. For example, less than one percent included taking on leadership roles and contributing to the profession or working collaboratively with colleagues.

Investing in Teachers

Brazil lacks a unified approach to training teachers and official professional teaching standards. Given the challenges in recruiting the “best and brightest” into teaching, and improving the quality of pre- and in-service teacher training, this study offers an opportunity for Brazil to re-think teacher effectiveness policies and the impact on the quality of the teaching workforce.