Effects of Class Size and Adaptive Teaching Competency on Classroom Processes and Academic Outcome – Bruhwiler, Blatchford

Effects of Class Size and Adaptive Teaching Competency on Classroom Processes and Academic Outcome. By: Bruhwiler, Christian; Blatchford, Peter. Learning and Instruction, v21 n1 p95-108 Feb 2011. (EJ906373) Submitted by Maureen Baker.

“In many studies of class size effects, teacher characteristics are missing, even though many argue it is not class size that is important but teacher quality. In the present study teachers’ effectiveness on the learning progress was assessed while teaching a unit with predefined learning objectives. To measure adaptive teaching competency a multi-method approach was employed (e.g., vignette and video test). There were 49 teachers and 898 students. Smaller classes led to higher academic learning progresses, better knowledge of students, and better classroom processes. Adaptive teacher competency remained relevant in smaller classes, that is, class size and teacher quality were independently important.

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