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ERIC Number: EJ795753
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0963-8253
Big or Small: Does the Size of a Secondary School Matter?
Newman, Mark
FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, v50 n2 p167-176 2008
The relationship between the size of a school and various education outcomes continues to interest parents, campaigners and politicians. This article summarises some of the arguments made in relation to the importance of school size and explores the results of a systematic review of 31 research studies on the effects of secondary school size. Overall, the review found that directions and patterns of effect vary for different outcomes. The results of the review suggested that there was little empirical evidence to justify policies aimed at changing or mandating particular school sizes. However, given the continuing interest in the issue and indications that more research is becoming available, the author suggests that continuing rigorous systematic evaluation is needed to explore the association between school size and outcomes. (Contains 1 figure and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)