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The Effect of Class Size on the Teaching of Pupils Aged 7-11 Years

Blatchford, Peter and Russell, Anthony and Bassett, Paul and Brown, Penelope and Martin, Clare (2007) The Effect of Class Size on the Teaching of Pupils Aged 7-11 Years. School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 18 (2). pp. 147-172. ISSN 0924-3453

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Abstract

There is still little consensus on whether and how teaching is affected by small and large classes, especially in the case of students in the later primary years. This study investigated effects of class size on teaching of pupils aged 7-11 years. We used a multi-method approach, integrating qualitative information from teachers’ end-of-year accounts and data from case studies with quantitative information from systematic observations. Results showed that there was more individual attention in smaller classes, a more active role for pupils and beneficial effects on the quality of teaching. It is suggested that teachers, in both large and small classes, need to develop strategies for more individual attention but to also recognize the benefits of other forms of learning, e.g., group work.

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Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Blatchford, Peter and Russell, Anthony and Bassett, Paul and Brown, Penelope and Martin, Clare (2007) The Effect of Class Size on the Teaching of Pupils Aged 7-11 Years. School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 18 (2). pp. 147-172. School Effectiveness and School Improvement is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/09243450601058675
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Psychology and Human Development
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Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2010 14:36
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 11:59
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