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ERIC Number: ED424045
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Pages: 15
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The Functions of Class Size Perceived by Chinese Rural School Teachers.
Din, Feng S.
A survey containing open-ended questions about class size was distributed to teachers in five schools (3 elementary and 2 secondary) in a rural school district in south China. Responses were received from 55 of 100 teachers surveyed; all had 5 or more years of teaching experience. A class of 50 or more students was considered large, while one with 30 or fewer students was considered small. Virtually all of the teachers preferred smaller classes, but did not regard them as necessarily related to student achievement. Smaller classes were seen as being easier to manage, allowing individualized help to students, facilitating teaching effectiveness, and requiring less work by teachers. The teachers considered outside influences of society and home, as well as the learning atmosphere of school and class, to be important factors in learning outcomes. The teachers tended to encourage competition among students and to create competitive class activities, which they believed facilitate achievement. However, they also believed that peer help was important for student success in large classes. Contains 20 references and an English translation of the questionnaire. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China