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Title:One size fits all? The effects of teacher cognitive and non-cognitive abilities on student achievement PDF Logo
Authors:Grönqvist, Erik
Vlachos, Jonas
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Working paper // IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation 2008:25
Abstract:Teachers are increasingly being drawn from the lower parts of the general ability distribution, but it is not clear how this affects student achievement. We track the position of entering teachers in population-wide cognitive and non-cognitive ability distributions using school grades and draft records from Swedish registers. The impact on student achievement caused by the position of teachers in these ability distributions is estimated using matched student-teacher data. On average, teachers' cognitive and non-cognitive social interactive abilities do not have a positive effect on student performance. Howÿ­ever, social interactive ability turns out to be important for low aptitude students, whilst the reverse holds for cognitive abilities. In fact, while high performing students benefit from high cognitive teachers, being matched to such a teacher can even be detrimental to their lower performing peers. Hence, the lower abilities among teachers may hurt some students, whereas others may even benefit. High cognitive and non-cognitive abilÿ­ities thus need not necessarily translate into teacher quality. Instead, these heteroÿ­geneities highlight the importance of the student-teacher matching process.
Subjects:Cognitive and non-cognitive ability
Teacher quality
Student achievement
JEL:I21
H4
J4
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Working Papers, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy

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