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Teachers'incentives and professional development in schools in Mexico

  • Lopez-Acevedo, Gladys

The quality of education is a determining factor in a nation's competitiveness. To compete globally, Mexico needs to raise its education standards. Several innovations to raise the quality of basic education at the federal and state levels have been developed: professional training of teachers, new"learning presence in schools,"and improvement of working conditions and salaries of teachers. The author examines teachers'incentives and their impact on students'learning achievement. She shows that early in their professional lives, teachers in basic public schools are better paid than in other comparable groups. She also finds that some incentives for teachers at the school level improve learning achievement. For instance, the enrollment of teachers in the Carrera Magisterial program has a positive effect on students'learning achievement. Furthermore, teachers'training is most effective when targeted toward increasing their practical experience and developing content-specific knowledge.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 2777.

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Date of creation: 28 Feb 2002
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:2777
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  1. Flyer, Fredrick & Rosen, Sherwin, 1997. "The New Economics of Teachers and Education," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 15(1), pages S104-39, January.
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