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 professor of Educational Sciences and vice-dean of the faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. He is also director of both the faculty's graduate school, in which the faculty's master's programmes are organised, and of Utrecht University's interfaculty Graduate School of Teaching (GST), from which the university's teacher training programmes are provided.