Teachers' Incentives and Professional Development in Schools in Mexico [book]

Gladys Lopez-Acevedo
2002 Policy Research Working Papers  
Quality of education is a determining factor in a nation's competitiveness. In order to compete globally, Mexico will have to raise its standards beyond its current low achievement. Several innovations at federal and state levels have been developed to raise the quality of basic education through teachers' professional training, new learning presence in schools, and to improve teachers' working and salary conditions. This paper examines teachers' incentives and their impact on students'
more » ... n students' learning achievement. The first part of this paper shows that early in their professional lives teachers in basic public schools are better paid than other comparable groups. The second part of this paper finds that some incentives for teachers at the school l evel improve learning achievement. For instance, it seems that teachers' enrollment in the Carrera Magisterial program has a positive effect on students' learning achievement. Further, teachers' training is most effective when targeted toward increasing teachers' practical experience and developing content-specific knowledge.
doi:10.1596/1813-9450-2777 fatcat:vbvjjdvyvzgcdn2nvm6yzud76y