ERIC Number: ED312079
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Class Size and Life in Second Grade Classrooms. A Project STAR Progress Report.
Johnston, John M.
Teacher's perceptions of their experiences in teaching small classes or with a full-time teacher's aide are discussed in this report. The study reported was part of Tennessee's Project STAR: a 4-year, longitudinal demonstration policy study. Analyses were conducted on interviews with 86 teachers of small second grade classes, 54 teachers of second grade classes of regular size, and 71 teachers from second grade classes of regular size who were assisted by a full-time teacher aide. Teachers were from inner-city, suburban, urban, and rural schools. Discussion focuses on differences in: (1) amount of content covered; (2) amount of instructional time on task; (2) monitoring of pupils' work; (4) ability to match level of instruction to the ability of individual pupils; (5) pacing of instruction; (6) degree of active student-teacher academic interaction; (7) individual attention to students; (8) classroom social climate; (9) demands on available time; and (9) aspects of the use of the full-time teacher aide. Project STAR teacher interviews revealed distinct and consistent perceptions and explanations that clearly illustrated that having fewer children or an adult assistant in the classroom contributed to significant improvements in the quality of teachers' worklife, the classroom learning environment, and children's experiences in schools. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tennessee State Dept. of Education, Nashville.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee