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International Journal of Educational Research

Volume 29, Number 8

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Number of articles: 7

  1. Research on class size effects: a critique of methods and a way forward

    Peter Blatchford, Harvey Goldstein & Peter Mortimore

    Research findings on class size differences need to be examined carefully because of their far reaching pedagogical and resource implications. An examination of research on the possible causal... More

    pp. 691-710

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  2. Class size in the first years at school: a New Zealand perspective on the international literature

    Valerie N. Podmore

    During the 1980s, topics evident in the class size research included class size and children’s achievement, children’s behavior and affect, outcomes for different groups of children, teacher... More

    pp. 711-721

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  3. Learning from the Confucian heritage: so size doesn’t matter?

    John Biggs

    Students from Confucian heritage cultures (CHCs), such as China, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan, consistently outperform Western students in many academic subjects, under conditions, such as large... More

    pp. 723-738

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  4. Dimensions of dialogue: large classes in China

    Lixian Jin & Martin Cortazzi

    This chapter focuses on ways in which talk and culture mediate learning in large classes in China. We suggest reasons why classes are kept large and show how language teachers use pair and group... More

    pp. 739-761

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  5. The class size question in primary schools: policy issues, theory, and empirical findings from the Netherlands

    Roel J. Bosker

    Primary schools in the Netherlands are autonomous in their decisions on grouping of pupils, and therefore on class size matters, because the state may not interfere in pedagogical-didactical issues... More

    pp. 763-778

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  6. The effects of changes in class size on teacher–pupil interaction

    Linda Hargreaves, Maurice Galton & Anthony Pell

    This chapter examines the changes in teacher–pupil interaction which occurred when teachers from the state maintained sector, with classes containing around thirty children, were provided with the ... More

    pp. 779-795

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  7. Tackling California’s Class Size Reduction policy initiative: an up close and personal account of how teachers and learners responded

    Marilyn Korostoff

    This chapter examines some effects of California’s Class Size Reduction (CSR) policy on teachers and pupils in four elementary schools over a two year period using interviews and participant... More

    pp. 797-807

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