ERIC Number: ED431009
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Teaching in Small Classes: What Is the Difference?
Achilles, C. M.; Egelson, Paula; Finn, J. D.
Educational research has provided evidence about the effectiveness of small classes. Overall, research suggests that teachers in small classes find more time for individualized instruction, and that they find more opportunities for enrichment and curriculum changes. Most of the changes seem to have occurred because easing the constraints of a large class allowed the teacher to do what he or she was already inclined to do to improve instruction. The experiences of educators in Burke County (North Carolina) illustrate the advantages of classes of 16 to 18 students in the primary grades. Among other advantages is the ease of implementing a portfolio assessment process. Observations and quantitative data support the expressed opinions of teachers that small classes have many advantages. (Contains 5 tables, 2 figures, and 14 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, November 5-7, 1998).