ERIC Number: ED425049
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Current Literature on Small Schools. ERIC Digest.
Raywid, Mary Anne
The small schools literature began with the large-scale quantitative studies of the late 1980s and early 1990s that firmly established small schools as more productive and effective than large ones. These studies confirmed various benefits of small schools--higher academic achievement, increased student satisfaction, and fewer dropouts and behavior problems--and discovered that small schools are particularly beneficial for disadvantaged students. Having built a strong quantitative case, the recent small-schools literature has focused on other areas. Work on policy issues associated with establishing and administering small schools has addressed optimum size, appropriate governance, equity concerns, relative costs of small and large schools, and teacher selection. Some recent studies have analyzed the essentials of small schools and the traits associated with success. Case studies of particular small schools and their successes and failures have been undertaken, and many confirm the findings of earlier large-scale quantitative research. Finally, small schools turn up increasingly in the school reform literature, and in some work, small size is considered essential to reform. (Contains 34 references.) (SV)
Descriptors: Educational Benefits, Educational Change, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Literature Reviews, School Administration, School Effectiveness, School Size, Small Schools, Student School Relationship
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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 Rural Education and Small Schools, Charleston, WV.