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ERIC Number: ED230363
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Quality of Education and Effects of Size in Small West-Texas High Schools: 1973 vs. 1983 Surveys.
Mehaffie, Shamus
In 1973 a survey of teachers (361) and administrators (41) in 44 very small West-Texas secondary schools revealed highly positive opinions about the small secondary school and its educative and social functions. The same survey sent to the same schools in 1983 revealed similar positive opinions. Surveys covered three items: (1) teaching and quality of education in small schools, (2) effects of school size on relationships and support, and (3) effects of school size on availability of resources. Teaching in a small secondary school was perceived as different from teaching in a large school, but less so in 1983. Opinions about small high schools providing quality education now and for the next 20 years showed a decidedly more positive shift in 1983 concerning the small size of a school necessarily limiting its curriculum. Item 2 revealed highly positive estimates of the effects of smallness in both surveys. Findings from Item 3 revealed that size was perceived as negatively affecting resources such as libraries. (AH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Texas (West)