Using Situational Judgment Tests (SJTs) in the selection process of prospective teachers

In brief

  • Non-cognitive attributes (motivation, personality, resilience, interpersonal skills) play an important role in effective teaching
  • SJTs provide a cost-effective, valid and innovative method to assess non-cognitive attributes of prospective teachers
  • Development of SJTs for prospective teacher selection is currently underway

A convincing body of evidence shows that teachers are the most significant in-school influence on student achievement. The process of selecting the most effective future teachers has implications not only for individual applicants and education systems, but for society as a whole.

Latest News & Publications

Autumn 2017 News 

Latest article: Assessing critical attributes of prospective teachers: Implications for selection into initial teacher education programs.

Professor Klassen was featured on the front page of the University of York research website with this article: How our research is helping to spot top class school teachers 

New article on teacher selection published by TeacherSelect researchers! Find it here 

Teacher Selection Project Brochure

Publications & Conference Presentations

The Team and Collaborators Behind the Research

Researchers from the Psychology in Education Research Centre (PERC) at the University of York are working to develop a reliable, valid, practical and evidence-supported SJT. Results show our pilot SJT exhibits excellent psychometric properties and is significantly correlated with interview criteria, meaning that the test may be useful for initial screening of non-cognitive attributes.  Initial results demonstrate the feasibility of the approach and provide a robust rationale for extending the work on a wider platform.

Our work has now been extended to Australia, Canada, Finland, Ireland, and Oman with a number of teacher training providers and education authorities involved in development of locally-relevant content and norms. Further development of SJTs to reflect the differential non-cognitive attributes necessary for success in primary and secondary settings is in development.

We dream of the day when every teacher in every school is effective and inspirational for all learners

Rob Klassen - Lead Researcher

Rob Klassen

Lead Researcher

Professor and Chair
Psychology in Education Research Centre
University of York, UK


  • Cambridge University (England)
  • University of Jyväskylä (Finland)
  • Liverpool Hope University (England)
  • Stranmillis University College (Northern Ireland)
  • Strathclyde University (Scotland)
  • Teach First (England)
  • Ministry of Education and Science (Lithuania)
  • The University of New South Wales (Australia) 

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