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ERIC Number: EJ774391
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 96
ISSN: ISSN-0736-7627
The Empirical Case against Large Class Size: Adverse Effects on the Teaching, Learning, and Retention of First-Year Students
Cuseo, Joe
Journal of Faculty Development, v21 n1 p5-21 Jan 2007
Budgetary constraints are creating a current climate of cost containment, within which increasing class size may be seen as a quick and convenient cost-cutting strategy. Empirical evidence suggests that there are eight deleterious outcomes associated with increasingly larger class size. This article synthesizes research relating to these eight consequences of large class size and analyzes its implications for the success of undergraduate students in general, and first-year college students in particular. The article concludes with a discussion of the implications of the reviewed research for (a) the effective education of today's undergraduates, (b) identification of optimal class size, (c) administrative decision-making, and (d) institutional mission, priorities, and values.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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