In the previous blogs, I have talk about the advantages and disadvantages of small class learning, the ways to implement it, and the teaching strategies of SCL. In order to find out whether it is beneficial to both students and teachers, the blog of this week I am going to discuss the views of both students and teachers on SCL.
In terms of the teacher’s opinion, Leahy, S. (2006) carried out a study to investigate teacher’s views on the reduction of class size. The researcher used survey as a method to obtain the opinion from participants. As a result, the overall rating showed that the majority agreed that SCL would improve student academic performance. There were seven questions in this survey and six of them were strongly agreed by the participants.
Moreover, the final report of Hong Kong Education Bureau (2009) showed the study of SCL in primary schools. The teachers completed the questionnaire in 2005/2006 and 2007/2008 school years. The results showed that there was almost uniform agreement that teachers felt more comfortable, enthusiasticand relaxed when teaching in a small class. Moreover, the survey also reported that teachers recognized that smaller class enable them to pay more attention to the students and thus cultivate a better relationship between both of them. Therefore, students would be more motivated to study harder. Although there would be a scruple that students couldn’t meet a lot of friends in class, most teachers recognized SCL plays an important role in students academic performance.
On the other hand, Willie Tan (no date) collected the data from National University of Singapore on 1983 to investigate what kind of factors can determine student feedback on assessing teacher. In this paper, it listed a lot of determinants which included class size. According to the information, it showed that students would rate the feedback score higher when the class size is smaller, and vice versa. Thus, we can predicted that students would show more motivated in learning in a smaller class.
Addtionally, Schulten, K. (2011) wrote a blog on a website and ask students who were thirteen or above to leave a comment to express how they feel about class size factors in learning and whether they prefer small or big class. According to the student’s feedback, all most all of them think that class size is a vital factor in learning. The majority prefer smaller class because they recognized that it was easier to concentrate on class and easier for teacher to manage the class. Some of them even noticed that teachers in a larger class didn’t know the name of the quiet and shy students. Thus, they think that smaller class is not only beneficial themselves, but also the teachers can simply get to know the students.
From the above, it is clearly that the feedback of both students and teachers are positive. Unfortunately, there are just few studies that is related to student’s ratings on smaller class size learning. Therefore, I just found one paper and one website for supporting student’s positive comments on SCL. However, although it is just a commentary on the website, it reflected the real-life situation of students in learning. Therefore, it is suggested that both students and teachers benefited from SCL.
Hong Kong Eduction Bureau (2009). Study on Small Class Teaching in Primary Schools in Hong Kong, Final Report. Retrieved 23 November 2013, from http://www.legco.gov.hk/yr09-10/english/panels/ed/papers/ed0513-rpt0912-e.pdf
Leahy, S. (2006). A Survey of Selected Teachers Opinions to the Effects of Class Size on Student Achievement among Middle School Students. Language Teaching, 13, 14.
Schulten, K. (2011). Does Class Size Matter?. Retrieved 23 November 2013, from http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/08/does-class-size-matter/?_r=0&apage=5#comments
Willie Tan (no date). Determinants of Student feedback scores. Retrieved 23 November 2013, from