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ERIC Number: ED429940
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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The Benefits of Teaching Small Classes Perceived by Chinese Urban School Teachers.
Din, Feng S.
A survey with open-ended questions investigated the attitudes of 54 urban Chinese teachers about issues related to the functions and benefits of having small classes (for both teachers and students). Findings indicated that most of the urban Chinese teachers preferred teaching small classes. While they perceived small class size as a beneficial factor in certain respects, they did not believe that students in smaller classes would necessarily have better achievement. They believed that small classes facilitated more individualized help from teachers, more student-teacher interactions, better classroom management, and reduced teacher workload. They also believed in teachers encouraging and creating competition among students, which they regarded as important for students in large classes in order to attain higher achievement. The teachers regarded external influences and the school environment as important factors in learning. They regarded peer help as important to student success. Some cultural differences between U.S. and Chinese teachers were found. An appendix contains the questionnaire (translated into English). (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China