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
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
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