ERIC Number: ED432057
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Let's Put Kids First, Finally: Getting Class Size Right.
Achilles, Charles M.
This book contains vignettes and observations provided by teachers who conduct small classes in primary grades. Designed for school leaders, teachers, administrators, students, and others who care about the future of education, the text presents findings from the Student Teacher Achievement Ratio (STAR), the DuPont Study, and the Lasting Benefits Study. It offers first-hand observations that demonstrate specific applications of teaching and learning in a small classroom, and the positive effects and lifelong outcomes that originate in small classes. The material is divided into 10 chapters. Chapter 1 provides a synopsis of Project STAR and gives an analysis of class size and its consequences. Recent antecedents of class-size interest are explored in chapter 2, followed in chapter 3 by an explication of the importance of observing teaching in action. Chapter 4 outlines studies that examined various-sized classes, and chapter 5 relates lessons learned from small classes. The next two chapters focus on the benefits of small class sizes and discuss teaching in small classes and the issues that surround small class instruction. The last three chapters examine public perceptions of the class-size debate, the problems in implementing improved teacher-student ratios, and the evidence that shows class size does matter. (Contains an index, suggested readings, an annotated bibliography, and approximately 145 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Class Size, Classroom Environment, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Small Classes, State of the Art Reviews, Student Welfare
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