Nov 27 2018

New methods of reducing the pupil-teacher ratio

The effect of a reduced pupil-teacher ratio has mainly been investigated as that of reduced class size, but there are other methods of reducing the ratio. One alternative approach is to deploy additional teachers in selected subjects.

Vibeke Opheim (NIFU) and Oddny J. Solheim (University of Stavanger) have published an article in International Journal of Educational Research. The article discusses limitations to previous class-size research and suggest more flexible ways to implement a reduced pupil-teacher ratio. One alternative approach is illustrated with a change in national policy in Norway to increase teacher density as well as research following this initiative.

The effect of a reduced pupil-teacher ratio has mainly been investigated as that of reduced class size. Hence we know little about alternative methods of reducing the ratio. Deploying additional teachers in selected subjects may be a more flexible way, both pedagogically and financially, to exploit the opportunities for adapting instruction inherent in reducing the number of students under a teacher’s responsibility.

The article is available here: «Beyond class size reduction: Towards more flexible ways of implementing a reduced pupil–teacher ratio».

For more information, contact
Vibeke Opheim, Deputy Director
(+47) 96 09 40 46 / 41 55 39 03
vibeke.opheim@nifu.no