Does class size matter? I have to admit that I’m on the unpopular side of this discussion but I’m slowly changing my mind. There have been plenty of studies that show small class size does not have a measurable effect on student achievement. A teacher that is ineffective will be ineffective with a large group or a small group of students. A teacher that is effective will be effective with a large group or a small group of students. This seems counter intuitive to many because people often look for smaller class size is seen as a measure of quality. However, there has been some recent research that seems to be countering the established research. For example, UCLA’s Dr. Ouchi has research supporting the positive effects of a lower Total Student Load (TSL). Education experts disagree on importance of school class size – The Denver Post highlights the disagreement. I’m willing to consider that class size has an impact but I think that the most important thing is having educators using effective pedagogy. Absent effective instruction, nothing else matters. Thoughts?
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