The Norwegian government has allocated NOK 400 million to more teachers in grades 1 to 4. In addition, NOK 50 million is granted to two large research projects investigating the effect of an increased teacher-pupil ratio in elemenatry school classrooms: Two Teachers is lead by associate professor Oddny Judith Solheim at the Norwegian Reading Centre, and studies the effect of an increased teacher-pupil ratio in literacy instruction.
Two Teachers has been granted a total of NOK 160 million, making this one of the largest research projects on education in Norwegian history. The Reading Centre is leading the study, in cooperation with the Centre for Learning Environment and the University of Stavanger Business School.
– Lowering the pupil-teacher ratio provides increased opportunities for teachers. The determining factor for children’s learning outcomes seems to be the extent to which teachers exploit these opportunities. The project looks at whether increased knowledge amongst teachers about literacy instruction, and the implementation of carefully developed instructional approaches and programmes, can boost the effect of a lower pupil-teacher ratio, and thus improve learning, says associate professor and project manager Oddny Judith Solheim.