ERIC Number: ED414615
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
School Size. ERIC Digest, Number 113.
The decades following the 1960s saw an increase in the size of American schools and classrooms. However, recent research indicates that large schools do not work for minority and low-income students, tend to hurt attendance and student participation, and are not necessarily cost efficient. This digest summarizes the results of various studies that examined whether large schools have produced greater academic success at a lower cost; the ways in which small schools benefit students, parents, and teachers; and the need for establishing a collective school identity in conjunction with downsizing. Education experts recommend an enrollment of anywhere from 300 to 900 students and that schools-within-schools are a first step toward restructuring. (Contains 9 references). (LMI)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Outcomes of Education, School Culture, School Size, Small Schools, Student Participation
ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, 5207, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-5207.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.