Open Access Graduate Research Paper
The purpose of this literature review was to examine the effects of reduced class sizes in early childhood classrooms in relation to student achievement, and to present guidelines for implementing class-size reduction programs and practices in K-3 classrooms. Average- and actual-class size, student-teacher ratios, per-pupil expenditures, student achievement, health and well-being, curricula, and cost-effectiveness were discussed.
In researching recent literature for this review, multiple searches were conducted including searches for class-size reduction, student-teacher ratios, cost-effectiveness, and districts that implemented class-size reduction programs. Gilman (1988) conducted research on Tennessee's Project STAR which served as a basis for continued research. Summative findings included student-teacher ratios, which are an integral part of student achievement, also guidelines for future class-size reduction programs were developed to improve learning experiences for young children.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Charles R. May
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©2009 Brian D. Kingrey
Kingrey, Brian D., "Class size : appropriate student-teacher ratios in early childhood classrooms in relation to student achievement" (2009). Graduate Research Papers. 1004.