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Lack of control in classrooms

A new study shows that more than 3 000 teachers in Norwegian primary school experience lack of control in the classroom.

According to a new study from the Norwegian Centre for Learning environment and Behavioural Research in Education, one can estimate that more than 3 000 teachers in Norwegian primary school experiences to lack control in the classroom.

The study examines how teachers experience own authority as class leaders, especially with emphasis on control. In a representative sample, ca 70 per cent of the teachers answer that they have good authority and control.

The focus of the study is, however, specially aimed at revealing how many of the teachers who feel that they have little or no authority or control.

The results show that about five per cent of the teachers feel that they have very little authority in the classroom, and that 6.7 % report that they feel they have little or no control.

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About seven per cent of teachers in Norwegian schools feel they have little or no control.