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ERIC Number: ED350176
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Does Expansion Help or Hurt Quality in Primary Schools? Evidence from Pakistan.
Reimers, Fernando; And Others
The debate about possible tradeoffs between quantity and quality in schools has been confused by using available data as a basis for conceptual definitions. Under certain conditions expansion of enrollment or class sizes will have either no influence or a positive influence on the the quality of learning. The conventional wisdom about tradeoffs between quality and quantity in education is explored. Data from primary schools and about students in Pakistan rather than aggregated national statistics about schools and their quality is used here. Situations in which larger numbers of students may enhance the quality of education are suggested. The tendency to advocate policies for single countries on the basis of conclusions drawn from cross-national comparison is questioned. (KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 1990).