Implementation of small size class is prevalent nowadays. On one hand, students divided into small groups can stimulate them take part in the lecture more interactively (Kenndy, R. , no date). However, on the other hand, someone believed that small size class would increase student anxiety as some students would be shy or inactive when participating in a mini-group (Schreiner, E. , no date). Thus, we are going to explore the advantages and disadvantages of small size class in this passage.
Firstly, according to the organization of class size matters (no date), it pointed out that students who had been taught in a small size class would have a higher grades and lower drop-out rates. Also, it also mentioned the result from national survey which carried out in 2008. In this study, it showed that about 76% of the teachers in first year of university recognized reduction of class size would be an effective way to improve the teaching quality of teachers. Jedeikin (2013) also recognized that smaller class can increase the class attendance as it is easier to notice there is someone missing in a smaller class. Moreover, students would have more chance to learn and be given feedback from peers.
Nevertheless, there are still some drawbacks of small size class. Chen (no date) indicated that as classes were divided into smaller groups. Thus, there would be an increasing demand of teachers. In fact, there is a problem that the number of teachers can’t fit the demand of small size classes.
A website also indicated that some schools began to employ the teachers where were not qualified (GreatSchools, no date). Moreover, Chen also pointed out that some studies showed that even students can get better grades in small classes, this improvement is not long-lasting.
From the above, we can clearly see that reduction of class size can improve students’ grade. In addition, teachers’ teaching quality can be improved as well. However, resources for implementing small size classes may not enough, such as limitation of qualified teachers.
Chen, G. (no date). Smaller Class Sizes: Pros and Cons. Retrieved 26 October 2013, from http://www.publicschoolreview.com/articles/18
Class size matters (no date). The Benefits of Smaller Classes. Retrieved 26 October 2013, from http://www.classsizematters.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/benefits-of-CSR-6-10.pdf
GreatSchools (no date). How important is class size?. Retrieved 26 October 2013, from http://www.greatschools.org/find-a-school/defining-your-ideal/174-class-size.gs?page=all
Jedeikin. J. (2013). 5 benefits of a small class size. Retrieved 26 October 2013, from http://www.phoenix.edu/forward/perspectives/2013/01/5-benefits-of-a-small-class-size.html
Kenndy, R. (no date). Why Small Class Sizes Work. Retrieved 26 October 2013, from http://www.boardingschoolreview.com/articles/73
Schreiner, E. (no date). Disadvantages of Teaching a Small Class. Retrieved 26 October 2013, from http://www.ehow.com/list_7324788_disadvantages-teaching-small-class.html