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Teaching quality and student learning (PhD-project)

This PhD project aims to improve our knowledge on measuring teaching quality and the association between teaching quality and a variety of student learning outcomes. 

Students in classroom. View from the back of the classroom. Photo illustration.

To what extent is high-quality teaching associated with students’ well-being, motivation, or achievement? (Photo Illustration: Neonbrand on Unsplash).

About the project

Central questions in this project are:

  • To what extent can we use student questionnaires to measure teaching quality?
  • To what extent is high-quality teaching associated with students’ well-being, motivation, or achievement?
  • To what extent do certain type of teaching practices work better for some group of students?

Background and design

Theoretically, the project builds on previous research identifying four important dimensions of teaching quality:

  • classroom management
  • supportive climate
  • cognitive activation
  • instructional clarity

The project mainly uses data obtained from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science (TIMSS) study in Norway in 2019, which will be analyzed through Multilevel Structural Equation Modelling.

The project is associated with the Large-scale Educational Assessment (LEA) research group and the Unit for Quantitative Analysis in Education (EKVA). The preliminary time frame for the project is from Februari 2020 until May 2024. 


The project is financed by the Norwegian Research Council (the FINNUT program).

Published Feb. 9, 2022 12:01 PM - Last modified May 20, 2022 9:55 AM


Bas Senden
Doctoral research fellow

The project is part of the larger Teachers’ Effect on Student Outcomes (TESO) project.