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Teachers for Integration: A study on the impact of the students per teacher ratio and teacher education on student performance in Swedish language courses for immigrants
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper uses panel data from all of Sweden’s 290 municipalities to examine what impact the students per teacher ratio and teacher quality have on the share of students passing Swedish For Immigrants (SFI) courses and the average number of weeks required by students to pass. The results indicate that reductions in the students per teacher ratio improve student performance; increasing passing percentage and reducing the average study duration. The estimated effects are quite small, but largest for the low level courses where an increased students per teacher ratio by one student reduces the passing rate by 0.15 percentage points while it increases the average study duration of passing students by one day. The results also indicate that it is unclear whether teacher quality, measured as share of teachers with a teaching degree, has any impact on passing percentage and duration of study.

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2017.
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Education, Swedish for immigrants, SFI, Students per teacher ratio, Teacher Quality, Integration
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-317474OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-317474DiVA: diva2:1081843
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Available from: 2017-03-15 Created: 2017-03-15 Last updated: 2017-03-15Bibliographically approved

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