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Public lecture to examine the role of psychology in recruiting school teachers

Posted on 11 October 2013

The latest in a series of public lectures celebrating 50 years of education at the University of York will examine the role of psychological profiling in the recruitment of school teachers.

Professor Robert Klassen, Professor and Chair of the Psychology in Education Research Centre at York will deliver the lecture Can Psychological Research Improve our Schools? at the Alcuin Research Resource Centre on 21 October.

The free event is part of a public lecture series organised by York’s Department of Education to celebrate its 50th anniversary. It is Professor Klassen’s first public lecture since joining York from the University of Alberta last year.

Professor Klassen said: “In this inaugural lecture, I consider how psychological research can inform how teachers are selected for training and practice and how this approach could lead to new selection approaches that could strengthen the quality of schools.

 “We know that teachers’ psychological characteristics influence their effectiveness, but these characteristics are not always reliably indentified in the process of selecting potential teachers.”

Professor Klassen worked as a teacher and school psychologist in British Columbia before being appointed Assistant, Associate and then Full Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta.

At York, his appointment was a key step in the establishment of a new research centre in psychology and education, underlining the Department of Education’s role as a leading centre for education research and teaching.

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