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ERIC Number: ED459594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
The Great Size Debate. IssueTrak: A CEFPI Brief on Educational Facility Issues.
Robertson, Sue
This report reviews research that compares large schools to small schools in such areas as academic performance, class size benefits, operational problems, and student social development. A list of small school benefits for students, families, teachers, and the institution is included. The research indicates that as more schools-within-schools begin to function autonomously, they may yield desired student benefits at the most reasonable investment in capital and operations. While smaller classrooms appear to improve academic performance, some research also indicates that smaller class sizes can reduce teenage pregnancy rates and the need for disciplinary action. However, greater numbers of smaller classrooms are creating shortages of qualified teachers who can implement successful classroom learning. Efforts to provide smaller classrooms are also forcing school districts to quickly devise capital programs to address greater classroom numbers. Most of the research reviewed concludes that smaller class and school sizes are beneficial, with the greatest positive impact occurring for students from poorer families. Evidence supports the school-within-a-school approach and significant class size reductions in the primary grades. (Contains 14 references.) (GR)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Council of Educational Facility Planners, International, Scottsdale, AZ.