Panel debate: Icelandic policies on teaching quality

It is widely accepted that the quality of classroom practices strongly influence student engagement, learning experiences, perceptions of teaching and learning outcomes. As such, it is the factor that contributes most to the overall quality of an education system. But what defines good classroom practices? Experts from the Icelandic education sector discuss this question. 

The topic of this panel debate is how 'good classroom practices' are interpreted and implemented in Iceland. Panel participants include representatives from Icelandic Ministry of Education and Children, the Icelandic Teacher's Union, local authorities working with education and teachers. The debate is part of the annual QUINT Conference 2022.

Discussion points:

  • How does you (your organisation) interpret good teaching practice? How can it be supported and improved?

  • How can the QUINT Centre benefit educational policy in Iceland (at local and national level) to enhance quality of teaching?

Moderator: Professor Kirsti Klette, University of Oslo and QUINT Centre Director 


  • Ingvi Hrannar Ómarsson, specialist in the Ministry of Education and Children
  • Ragnar Þór Pétursson, former chair of the Icelnadic Teacher union
  • Svandís Ingimundardóttir, professional leader in education in the Icelandic Association of Local Authorities
  • Kolbrún Pálsdóttir, Dean of the School of Education, University of Iceland
  • Sigurbjörg Hvönn Kristjánsdóttir  A teacher/assistant principal in Egilsstaðaskoli 
  • Gunnar Gíslason, Director, Centre of School Development, University of Akureyri
  • Anna Kristín Sigurðardóttir, Professor, University of Iceland/QUINT
Published May 2, 2022 10:04 AM - Last modified July 12, 2022 7:53 PM