ERIC Number: ED306721
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Social Validity of Different Student-Teacher Ratios. Research Report No. 16. Instructional Alternatives Project.
Ysseldyke, James E.; And Others
Social validity data on different student-teacher ratios were collected from 28 administrators, 31 special education teachers, and 50 parents of students in special education programs. Respondents indicated their opinions about optimal student-teacher ratios for student learning and teacher instruction, with administrators generally expressing preference for 4-6 students per teacher, and teachers and parents expressing preference for 2-3 students per teacher. The largest group size in which they thought special education students could reasonably be taught was most often 4-6 for teachers, and 7-9 for administrators and parents. Overall, teachers and parents indicated that they would prefer for children to receive less frequent instruction in smaller groups in special education, while administrators indicated they would prefer for children to receive more frequent instruction in larger groups in special education. References, five tables, and copies of cover letters and survey forms are included. (Author/JW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis.