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ERIC Number: EJ1096353
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1470-3297
Effects of Class Size and Attendance Policy on University Classroom Interaction in Taiwan
Bai, Yin; Chang, Te-Sheng
Innovations in Education and Teaching International, v53 n3 p316-328 2016
Classroom interaction experience is one of the main parts of students' learning lives. However, surprisingly little research has investigated students' perceptions of classroom interaction with different attendance policies across different class sizes in the higher education system. To elucidate the effects of class size and attendance policy on classroom interaction, we administered a survey to 1,304 undergraduates in Taiwan. The questionnaire consisted of six dimensions: classmate supportiveness, classmate pressure, teacher encouragement, teacher supportiveness, study preparedness and class participation. The results indicated that attendance policy and class size have an interaction effect only on the teacher trait. Students in a small class with a never-taking attendance policy feel more supported and encouraged by their teacher compared with those in larger classes with the same attendance policy. When class size is larger, students in classes employing an occasionally taken attendance policy feel more supported from their instructors than those in the never-check attendance policy class. Attendance policy doesn't influence the student or the classmate trait, but class size does. Larger classes lower classmate supportiveness, student preparedness, and class participation compared with smaller classes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; Taiwan
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