ERIC Number: ED377239
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Class Size and Determinants of Learning Effectiveness.
Hou, Jack W.
Based on the comparison of a regular-sized (n=25) and an oversized (n=54) class of college students taught by the same instructor, significant superior performance was found in favor of the large class. This disparity persisted even when a switching regression model (with endogenous switching) was performed. Only 39% of the learning disparity can be explained by characteristics of the student, including a 29.5% performance gap that is attributed to the potential "overachiever" trait of small class students. In addition, it was found that overall grade point average and performances in previous college economics courses did not have any significant impact on the students' current scores. Contrary to most of the findings in recent literature, high school economic education did not have any positive impact on the students' performance. In fact, it had a slightly negative effect. No evidence of gender difference was found for the large class, but a fairly significant lower performance was found for females in the small class. The student questionnaire is attached. Three tables are included. (Contains 28 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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