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Feb 02 2016 - 07:37 PM
Big Classes or Small Classes?
One of the issues that still remain unclear in international education is student-teacher ratio. The question is how many students per class would be considered as the right amount for a teacher? Personally, I believe that a class of 30 students or more can make both teaching and learning difficult for some teachers and students. Generally, some students perform well when the class is small. Contrarily, big classes propel other students to be at their best. According to this article, many institutions should consider reducing the class sizes for kindergarten, elementary and perhaps middle school students. These are young children who need more attention. That is, a small class could help them cultivate the habit of listening, paying attention, and being polite. Although this is a great idea, there is no evidence that class size affect academic performance, especially in higher education. Below is a chart that illustrates that there is no correlation between class size and academic performance. For instance in Japan, the average class size since 2013 is 27, but students have good Math and English scores. However, students in Spain have low Math and English scores with an average class size of 21.
|By: Bismark Appiah|1117 Reads