ERIC Number: ED260089
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Large Class Analysis Project (Final Report).
Lewis, Karron G.
The Large Class Analysis Project was undertaken to provide instructors, administrators, and researchers with an in-depth look at the teaching techniques used in a variety of large (defined as having over 100 or more students) classes taught at The University of Texas at Austin. Data were collected concerning student attitudes toward such large classes: demographic characteristics, enjoyment rating, essentials for learning, preferred class size, and characteristics of large classes. In addition, direct observational data were collected, the cognitive levels of instructors' tests were studied, and instructor interviews were conducted. It was concluded that (1) most students and teachers prefer class size to be under 50 people; (2) adequate facilities and audiovisual support are important; (3) students enjoy large classes more if they are tested at higher cognitive levels as in essay tests; (4) student participation increases as class size decreases; and (5) effective instructors are enthusiastic and knowledgeable lecturers and interact with the students well. Appendices include the student attitude survey, the Cognitive Interaction Analysis System and a workbook for its use, and the instructor interview questions. (GDC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Center for Teaching Effectiveness.