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ERIC Number: EJ799569
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0031-3831
Small Schools in North-East Iceland
Aethalsteinsdottir, Kristin
Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, v52 n3 p225-242 Jun 2008
The theory upon which this study is based led to four predictions: (1) the small number of pupils in small schools creates opportunities to develop close teacher-pupil relationships and enables teachers to consider pupils' individual needs; (2) small schools can provide opportunities for fruitful co-operation among staff and, consequently, create opportunities to establish clear aims for the school; (3) the existence of multi-grade classes in small schools calls for teaching approaches especially suited for such classes; and (4) small communities can facilitate relationships between teachers and parents and thereby enrich the curriculum through the detailed knowledge about pupils that teachers can garner from parents. The sample consisted of all teachers in 17 small schools in north-east Iceland. On the whole, the results of this study suggest some flaws in these schools that may have considerable consequences for pupils. The results indicate that the predicted advantages of the small schools are not being utilised. (Contains 10 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iceland