ERIC Number: ED394669
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Class Size and Student Achievement in Sri Lanka.
Using interviews with teachers and principals and a standard experimental design, this study examined the effects of class size on student achievement in mathematics and mother tongue language skills. Subjects were 610 Sri Lankan fourth graders in 18 classrooms varying in size; classrooms sizes were 20-30, 31-40, and 41-50 students. Student achievement was measured through the employment of pre- and post-tests. The instructional period was 12 weeks; teaching materials and methods were controlled across classrooms. Results showed some statistically significant differences in achievement among the different class sizes. However, these differences followed no set pattern and demonstrated no overall effects of class size on achievement. Interviews with principals and teachers suggested that differences in achievement might be more often related to a student's socioeconomic status, to possible scarcities of education resources, and to teachers' attitudes and personalities rather than to class size. (Contains 33 references.) (JW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Sri Lanka
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Biloxi, MS, November 8-10, 1995).