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The importance of teacher competence for student school performance: Effective and equitable teaching in Swedish and Mathematics - EFFEQ

The project investigates relations between teacher competence and educational results, with focus on interactions with student socio-economic and migration backgrounds.

Reading and mathematics in grade 1 to 6 are focused, one aim being to investigate how access to qualified teachers with relevant education has varied over time. Other aims are to analyze how teachers with different qualifications are distributed across schools with different composition of students, and to investigate which causal effects of teacher qualifications on student achievement can be established.

The investigations will take into account changes in student numbers and in contextual and individual prerequisites. The empirical basis is provided by information in registers kept by Statistics Sweden: the Teacher and Student/School registers, registers of national tests in grades 3, 6 and 9 and marks in grades 6 and 9.

The work is organized into two sub-projects, and three researchers will be involved for a period of three years. Descriptive techniques as well as longitudinal approaches at the school level will be applied.

Overall, the study is expected to generate insights about essential conditions for effective and equitable teaching in Swedish and mathematics in primary school, and about distributions of teacher competence across schools with different student composition.

Project Participants
Åse Hansson, senior lecturer, project leader
Tarja Alatalo, associate professor
Stefan Johansson, senior lecturer
Jan-Eric, Gustafsson, professor emeritus
Bo Nielsen, database supervisor

Swedish Research Council

Project Duration and Total Funding
2017-2020. Total 4,7 million SEK.



Åse Hansson
+46 (0) 31 786 2213

Contact Information

Department of Education and Special Education

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