Jan Van Tartwijk, Prof. for Social Sciences and Education at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands 

Title of the keynote

Looking inside the classroom: Research on teacher student communication processes using an interpersonal perspective


Jan van Tartwijk is professor of education at Utrecht University, where he also chairs the university’s graduate school for teacher education. He is also the head of the department of Education and Pedagogy of the faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. Together with his colleagues, Jan has researched teacher-student communication in secondary classrooms in a programme that was started more than forty years ago by Theo Wubbels. Based on this research, they have written large numbers of publications in (international) journals and books, which have had a major impact on teacher education and teacher professional development in the Netherlands and elsewhere.


In his contribution, Jan van Tartwijk will introduce the findings of a research-programme on teacher-students communication in secondary classroom using an interpersonal perspective. This programme has been carried out in the last forty years. He will focus on the interpersonal meaning of teacher (nonverbal) behaviour, the dynamics of teacher-students interactions, and the importance of teacher-students interpersonal relationships for student motivation and learning outcomes.