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How Important is Class Size?

Course #: 02-1190

Price: $8.00

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  • IACET: 0.1 CEUs
  • All Other Organizations: 2.00 Hours
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Course Description

CEU Course Description

Class size reductions: As far as markers of a high-quality education go, class size and its purported ramifications on student achievement is certainly a very popular benchmark in modern academia. Small class sizes are supposed to have wildly effective benefits for the students enjoying them. However, research is showing us that, in many cases, the trade-offs that schools must consider to fund class size reductions may be doing more harm than is ethical (or possible) to sustain. In this course, we’ll look at the benefits of class size reduction, the expense and trade-offs, and some alternative teaching strategies that educators can employ to invest in their student’s educational experience without, perhaps, as many of the unfortunate side effects. Is reducing class size worth it? If so, when is the best time for a child to be in a smaller class? What other steps can be taken to improve educational outcomes? We’ll discuss all of this and more in this course. 

CEU Course Objectives

  1. Recall and delve into the benefits of optimal class sizes for student educational outcomes
  2. Understand that there are certain trade-offs between optimal class sizes and other important aspects of a smoothly-running school
  3. Critique and weigh the value of past research supporting smaller class sizes - and go over more recent research with surprising takeaways
  4. Make the connection between quality teachers, teacher-wellbeing, and student educational outcomes
  5. Brainstorm ways to increase the quality of education for students in any classroom, regardless of its size

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Course Date: 2021-02-12

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