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ERIC Number: EJ765137
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0924-3453
The Effect of Class Size on the Teaching of Pupils Aged 7-11 Years
Blatchford, Peter; Russell, Anthony; Bassett, Paul; Brown, Penelope; Martin, Clare
School Effectiveness and School Improvement, v18 n2 p147-172 Jun 2007
There is still little consensus on whether and how teaching is affected by small and large classes, especially in the case of students in the later primary years. This study investigated effects of class size on teaching of pupils aged 7-11 years. We used a multimethod approach, integrating qualitative information from teachers' end-of-year accounts and data from case studies with quantitative information from systematic observations. Results showed that there was more individual attention in smaller classes, a more active role for pupils, and beneficial effects on the quality of teaching. It is suggested that teachers in both large and small classes need to develop strategies for more individual attention but also recognize the benefits of other forms of learning, for example, group work. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5; Grade 6
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A