ERIC Number: ED153372
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Class Size: A Summary of Research. ERS Research Brief.
Porwoll, Paul J.
The research on the effects of class size is summarized in this review. It includes (1) an introductory examination of class size definitions, statistics, and research design; (2) a summary of the research on class size, including the effects of class size on student achievement for grades K-8 and 9-12 and on the classroom environment; (3) teacher and public opinion on class size; (4) examples of the budgetary impact of altering class size; and (5) some of the policy implications of class size. The author advises school decision-makers to go beyond the customary generalizations about class size and ask instead, "Which types of students might benefit the most from smaller classes?" The appendix contains statistics on pupil-teacher ratios for states and large cities. (Author)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Class Size, Classroom Environment, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Literature Reviews, Public Opinion, School Funds, Student Teacher Ratio, Tables (Data), Teacher Attitudes
Educational Research Service, Inc., 1800 North Kent Street, Arlington, Virginia 22209 ($12.50)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Research Service, Arlington, VA.