The Effect of Class Size on Student Performance

The Pillar (Thomas M. Cooley Law School), September 16, 1994

Posted: 21 Dec 2010 Last revised: 16 Dec 2012

Norman Otto Stockmeyer

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

Abstract

Does a correlation exist between class size and student performance at the law school level? If so, is it a positive or negative one? The author compared class size with grades received in two first-year courses and one third-year course over a five-year period (a total of 24 classes). The results support the conclusion that a correlation does exist, and that student grades decline as class size increases. Particularly in first-year courses, larger classes seem to adversely affect overall class performance and contribute to a higher rate of student failure.

Keywords: law school, teaching, class size

Suggested Citation

Stockmeyer, Norman Otto, The Effect of Class Size on Student Performance. The Pillar (Thomas M. Cooley Law School), September 16, 1994. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1728933

Norman Otto Stockmeyer (Contact Author)

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School ( email )

1352 Hickory Island Drive
Haslett, MI 48840
United States
517-339-2246 (Phone)

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