Large Lecture Sections: An Experiment Test of Their Effectiveness
34 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2010
Date Written: February 1, 2010
Can a large lecture sections be an effective means of student instruction? The creation of a single large section class we created provides a natural experiment to address this issue. Students in our large section class were indistinguishable from students in regular-sized classes on our Department’s assessment exam. On the other hand, we find that students gave lower ratings to the instructor and the class on post-semester surveys. We find that most, though not al, of these differences come from students who sat in the back half of our architecturally challenged classroom. Our results indicate that there are plusses and minuses to large section courses, and administrators and department chairs must weigh both in deciding whether to adopt large section classes.
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