ERIC Number: ED334875
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Large Enrollment Classes: Necessary Evil or Not Necessarily Evil? Notes on Teaching, No. 5. Occasional Paper.
Chism, Nancy V.
A literature search and survey of 259 Ohio State University faculty addressed advantages and disadvantages of large enrollment classes as well as factors in deciding appropriate class size. Results of both efforts found that the advantages of large classes included lowering of instructor costs, efficient use of faculty time and faculty talent, availability of professional quality resources, and standardization. The disadvantages of large class size included impersonal relations between teacher and student, limited range of instructional activities, management problems, a problematic reward system, and a perception that those who taught large classes had a lower status within the institution. On the question of how to decide whether a class should be large or small, it was concluded that questions of course purpose, instructor teaching style, facilities and resources available, and the importance of a common experience for students all entered into the decision. Results of the survey and literature search also produced tips on teaching large classes that cover lecturing, discussion, writing, other learning activities, learning environments, communication style, testing, grading, and administration. (20 references) (JB)
Descriptors: Class Size, Classroom Techniques, Cost Effectiveness, Higher Education, Instructional Student Costs, Large Group Instruction, State Universities, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Student Ratio, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods
Center for Teaching Excellence, Ohio State University, 15 Lord Hall, 124 W. 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 (free).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center for Teaching Excellence.