ERIC Number: ED466681
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
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Voices from the Field: The Perceptions of Teachers and Principals on the Class Size Reduction Program in a Large Urban School District.
Munoz, Marco A.; Portes, Pedro R.
A class size reduction (CSR) program was implemented in a large low-performing urban elementary school district. The CSR program helps schools improve student learning by hiring additional teachers so that children in the early elementary grades can attend smaller classes. This study used a participant-oriented evaluation model to examine the impact of the CSR program on participating teachers and principals. Qualitative data were collected via unstructured interviews and triangulated with observations and document analysis. The analysis, based on the grounded theory model, yielded basic themes found in prior research regarding the impact of CSR on teachers' attitudes and beliefs about student learning, teaching, and family context knowledge. Teacher job satisfaction and morale were higher in reduced class size classrooms. The program was very popular among participating teachers and administrators. Small group instruction and diagnostic testing were used more often in smaller classes. Teachers gave students more personal attention in the reduced class size environment. Most teachers felt that the levels of communication and interaction with parents increased notably since the implementation of the CSR program. Some principals experienced problems in relation to number of students enrolled and space limitations. (Contains 39 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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