ERIC Number: ED125381
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Sep-8
Class Size and College Teaching: Does It Really Make Any Difference?
Clark, Michal C.; Peterson, F. Thomas
What is actually happening in courses of different sizes and what effect (if any) is class size having on student and teacher perceptions of what occurs? Data were collected by comparing what happened in a small class with what happened in a larger class taught by the same teacher. Tables cover: (1) classes in the study; (2) variables and information sources; (3) teacher time spent in various activities; (4) activities in classes; (5) mean responses to core items on course evaluation form; (6) correlations of course evaluation data; and (7) teacher logs. Some findings are: (1) in actual practice there seem to be few differences between large and small classes; and (2) large classes were 400 percent more productive than the small classes in terms of student credit-hour generation at a cost of only 40 percent increase in faculty time spent. Balancing class size by having every student enroll in a multi-pattern of at least one small and one large class was found to be possibly productive for the institution. (Author/KE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Louis W. and Maud Hill Family Foundation, St. Paul, Minn.
Authoring Institution: College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Minn.