Analyzing Opposing Views on Classroom Size in an Elementary Surrounding
Heather Polowy, Jennifer Casillas, Yesilliam Rivera and Nancy Cruz, EDU 201: Introduction to Education
Faculty Mentor: Professor Sandra Washington-Copeland, Buffalo Urban Teacher Pipeline Residency Undergraduate Program
The objective of this investigation is to analyze opposing views regarding classroom size in an Elementary school setting. In this research, you will find classroom size and the ratio of students to teachers is important. The views of teachers' aides and assistants will come into play throughout this project because we will share some personal experiences from our work in elementary schools. We will also review an experiment called the Project Student Teacher Achievement Ratio (STAR), which presented the effect of three different class sizes on academic performance. When taking a deeper look into an elementary classroom setting, we have learned that there are both advantages and disadvantages to the student/teacher ratio affecting social and learning skills. One point teachers addressed was that classrooms with a large ratio of students have allowed those who are timid and struggle socially, to get lost in the crowd. Some believe that a larger classroom can be enriching because it allows students to work together to help one another and stay on task. Studies have shown that smaller sized classrooms do in fact impact student achievement and the ability for students to understand. This research project is ongoing.
Polowy, Heather; Casillas, Jennifer; Rivera, Yesilliam; and Cruz, Nancy, "Analyzing Opposing Views on Classroom Size in an Elementary Surrounding" (2020). Education. 22nd Annual Student Research and Creativity Conference. SUNY Buffalo State.