ERIC Number: ED254852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar-29
Reference Count: 0
How We Might Learn about the Effects of Class Size.
Collins, James L.
The report of the National Council of Teachers of English Task Force on Study of Class Size and Workload in Secondary English Instruction takes the position that class size should be studied by itself and also in conjunction with other variables. It also identifies subject matter and instructional design as types of variables combining with class size to influence what happens in classrooms. In this instance, subject matter refers to course content and instructional design refers to modes and focuses of instruction. In addition, the report recommends both observational research to generate hypotheses and experimental research that tests them to study class size. While the topics and variables for the research called for in the report are many, the basic patterns for the kinds of research it recommends are (1) direct effect--effect of class size on variable "x," which is used as the outcome measure; and (2) mediated effect--effect of class size in conjunction with variable "x" (now a mediating variable) on some other outcome measure. (Included in the paper are six examples of research topics and 20 examples of research variables.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Council of Teachers of English
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English Spring Conference (4th, Houston, TX, March 28-30, 1985).