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ERIC Number: EJ873790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0047-2891
Big School, Small School: (Re)Testing Assumptions about High School Size, School Engagement and Mathematics Achievement
Weiss, Christopher C.; Carolan, Brian V.; Baker-Smith, E. Christine
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v39 n2 p163-176 Feb 2010
In an effort to increase both adolescents' engagement with school and academic achievement, school districts across the United States have created small high schools. However, despite the widespread adoption of size reduction reforms, relatively little is known about the relationship between size, engagement and outcomes in high school. In response, this article employs a composite measure of engagement that combines organizational, sociological, and psychological theories. We use this composite measure with the most recent nationally-representative dataset of tenth graders, Educational Longitudinal Study: 2002, (N = 10,946, 46% female) to better assess a generalizable relationship among school engagement, mathematics achievement and school size with specific focus on cohort size. Findings confirm these measures to be highly related to student engagement. Furthermore, results derived from multilevel regression analysis indicate that, as with school size, moderately sized cohorts or grade-level groups provide the greatest engagement advantage for all students and that there are potentially harmful changes when cohorts grow beyond 400 students. However, it is important to note that each group size affects different students differently, eliminating the ability to prescribe an ideal cohort or school size.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States