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Norway’s teachers not so clever. Norwegian male teachers are less intelligent than several decades ago, research made by the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) suggests. The study looked at IQ measurements of 25,000 male teachers, and results showed their intelligence had dropped by almost one point from 7.3 to 6.2 on a scale from 1 to 9. Moreover, the proportion of teachers with higher university education was found to be halved from 1971 to 2006. Scientists also found low teachers born in the ‘80s are less well prepared than those born 30 years earlier.  “There are dramatically fewer teachers at 6th-Form level, and hardly any teachers with science (mathematics and natural sciences - ‘naturfag’) specialization. We also know the best people quit as teachers and begin doing something else instead,” Norwegian School of Economics’ (NHH) Professor Kjell Gunnar Salvanes said to Aftenposten.

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Norway’s teachers not so clever

Published on Saturday, 22nd October, 2011 at 15:18 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.

Norwegian male teachers are less intelligent than several decades ago, research made by the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) suggests.

A blackboard (illustration photo)
A blackboard (illustration photo)
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The study looked at IQ measurements of 25,000 male teachers, and results showed their intelligence had dropped by almost one point from 7.3 to 6.2 on a scale from 1 to 9. Moreover, the proportion of teachers with higher university education was found to be halved from 1971 to 2006. Scientists also found low teachers born in the ‘80s are less well prepared than those born 30 years earlier. 

“There are dramatically fewer teachers at 6th-Form level, and hardly any teachers with science (mathematics and natural sciences - ‘naturfag’) specialization. We also know the best people quit as teachers and begin doing something else instead,” Norwegian School of Economics’ (NHH) Professor Kjell Gunnar Salvanes said to Aftenposten.

Researchers believe that teachers who are specialized in Chemistry or Mathematics should also have a Master’s Degree in order to offer students a high education into these fields. It is also thought conditions, lower status, and more administration are to blame, but the main reason is pay.

“Teachers’ salaries have weakened over time compared to other relevant professions. Many things influence why people choose one profession or another, but pay is an important element. Moreover, we think that salary is a very important explanation for why an increasing number of teachers are recruited from groups with lower levels of knowledge. Everyone knows we need more teachers and it’s about pay. Nevertheless, nobody does anything about it,” said Professor Salvanes.



Published on Saturday, 22nd October, 2011 at 15:18 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.

This post has the following tags: norwayteachers, loweriqtests, badteachersalaries.


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