Focus research and education
In his research and teaching, Jan van Tartwijk focuses on teacher-student communication processes in the classroom (in particular in multicultural classrooms), on the development of expertise of teachers and other professionals, and on the contibution teacher education and professional development can make to the development of expertise. Recently, he started research into differences between children's social and cultural environment within and outside the school and the effects of these differences on educational equity.
Jan van Tartwijk is the director of Utrecht University's Graduate School of Teaching (GST). In this role he aims to strengthen the collaboration between schools and universities in teacher education. Next to that, he is also a member of the curriculumcommittee that advices the Dutch Minister of Education about reforms in the currriculum for primairy and secondary education in the Netherlands.