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During the last decade, the quality of Dutch primary and secondary education has been decreasing compared to other countries. The Netherlands is no longer part of the international top ten. Shanghai leads the rankings, while in Europe Finland is the frontrunner. Especially with regard to the level of reading, mathematics and science, the Netherlands is lagging behind. At the request of NTR, the independent Dutch public broadcast service specialized in information, education and culture, the research institute ITS of the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands and OIG, the education innovation group, conducted an investigation into the quality of Dutch education for the TV show ´The Evening of Education´. The research question of NTR was: What are the views of teachers, parents and pupils on the quality of education?
Do teachers interact in a professional manner with parents and pupils? Do teachers provide pupils a safe learning environment that supports the pupils’ social-emotional and moral development? Can teachers help pupils to create their own cultural baggage that every citizen needs in today’s society? Do teachers provide a clear, orderly, and task-oriented atmosphere in the classroom?
Method and sample
For this quantitative study data were collected in a web survey. In this survey 2,072 teachers and 2,372 parents in primary, secondary and vocational education and 740 pupils in secondary and vocational education participated. The study was conducted in the period June – September 2011.