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The effect of class size on the teaching of pupils aged 7-11 years

Blatchford, P; Russell, A; Bassett, P; Brown, P; Martin, C; (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. 10.1080/09243450601058675. Green open access

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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 multimethod 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 also recognize the benefits of other forms of learning, for example, group work.

Type: Article
Title: The effect of class size on the teaching of pupils aged 7-11 years
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/09243450601058675
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Psychology and Human Development
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1505269
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