ERIC Number: ED190698
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Relationship of Class-Size to Classroom Processes, Teacher Satisfaction and Pupil Affect: A Meta-Analysis.
Smith, Mary Lee; Glass, Gene V.
Using data from previously completed research, the authors of this report attempted to examine the relationship between class size and measures of outcomes such as student attitudes and behavior, classroom processes and learning environment, and teacher satisfaction. The authors report that statistical integration of the existing research indicated that reduction in class size is associated with higher quality schooling and more positive attitudes. The meta-analysis procedure used by the authors revealed that small class size is associated with higher quality classroom environments, better student attitudes, and greater teacher satisfaction. Findings also indicated that class size effects are related to pupil age, with effects most noticeable for children 12 years and under and least apparent for pupils 18 or over. Tables of data are included in the report. A technical explanation of integrrative analysis is appended. (Author/MK)
Descriptors: Class Size, Classroom Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, Statistical Analysis, Statistical Studies, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student Teacher Ratio, Teacher Attitudes
Order Department, Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, 1855 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 ($5.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.
Note: For a related document see ED 168 129. Some pages may be marginally legible due to broken print.