ERIC Number: ED288854
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
New Dimensions in Research on Class Size and Academic Achievement.
This synthesis of research on class size provides an overview of the development of class size research, a summary of findings on class size and achievement, and a discussion of factors that interact with class size to influence academic achievment. It is concluded that while the overall research picture offers ample evidence of achievement gains associated with smaller class size, this relationship is complicated by mediating process variables. It is suggested that class size is but one of several factors that, in combination, affect student achievement. Efforts to reduce class size should begin with analyses of how, within a given school or subject area, the manipulation of class size might improve student-teacher interaction. Fifty-five references and a 20-item supplementary bibliography are appended. (CB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Effective Secondary Schools, Madison, WI.