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ERIC Number: ED135072
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
South Carolina First Grade Pilot Project 1975-76: The Effects of Class Size on Reading and Mathematics Achievement. Office of Research Report Series Volume 1/Number 26.
Meredith, Vana H.; And Others
This study was intended mainly to examine the effects of class size on the reading and mathematics achievement of first graders and also to determine the effects of teacher inservice training on student achievement. Data were gathered from 25 pairs of first-grade classes from 23 South Carolina school districts. Each pair of classes was made up of one experimental and one control class of similar racial and socioeconomic background but different size. Experimental classes contained an average of 19.9 students, while control classes contained an average of 26.7 students. Approximately half of the 50 teachers received inservice training; within each pair of classes, either both teachers or neither teacher received inservice training. Results indicated that the overall achievement of first-grade students in small classes was substantially greater than overall achievement of students in large classes. However, neither teacher inservice training nor the interaction of class size and inservice training had any significant effect on overall achievement. (Author/JG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Carolina State Dept. of Education, Columbia.
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina