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ERIC Number: EJ820251
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
Reducing Class Size: Promises and Perils
Bascia, Nina; Fredua-Kwarteng, Eric
Education Canada, v48 n5 p30-33 Nov 2008
Reducing class size, especially in primary grades, can have tremendous academic and social benefits for children--benefits that endure well beyond those first years of school. But smaller class sizes are not a cure-all. Beyond the hoopla of enthusiasm for this seemingly simple change in educational practice lie serious consequences for students and their teachers, especially for those who need extra resources the most. In this article, the authors opine that jurisdictions interested in class size reduction must also invest in professional development support for teachers to help them develop appropriate new teaching skills and that the resource implications for both the targeted student population and school programs overall must be seriously considered. These include the availability of adequately trained teachers, appropriate space that does not compromise the availability of school rooms for other essential activities, and a resource base sufficient to ensure that the quality of teaching and learning is enhanced, not diminished.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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