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School Size Effects Revisited

A Qualitative and Quantitative Review of the Research Evidence in Primary and Secondary Education

  • Hans Luyten
  • Maria Hendriks
  • Jaap Scheerens

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Jaap Scheerens, Maria Hendriks, Hans Luyten
    Pages 1-5
  3. Jaap Scheerens, Maria Hendriks, Hans Luyten
    Pages 7-40
  4. Hans Luyten
    Pages 177-218
  5. Hans Luyten
    Pages 219-227

About this book

Introduction

This book provides a thorough review of the research literature on the effect of school size in primary and secondary education on three types of outcomes: student achievement, non-cognitive outcomes and costs per student. Based on 84 scientific publications and several prior reviews, the book discusses four main areas: the impact of school size on cognitive learning outcomes and non-cognitive outcomes; the "state of the art" of empirical research on economies of size; the direct and indirect impact of school size, conditioned by other school context variables on student performance; and the specific position of the Netherlands in an international perspective. The book presents summaries of the results and main conclusions found and discusses these with respect to their relevance for educational policy in general and for the Netherlands in particular. The book concludes with suggestions for future research on school size.

Keywords

aspects of school climate attendance, absenteeism and truancy attitudes to school cost per pupil educational policy internationally comparative educational research organization and management of educational organizations quantitative summary of research findings research synthesis review of research evidence scaling up in primary and secondary education school dropout school organization, teaching and learning school participation school safety school size side-effects and risks of scaling up size of school organizations student achievement

Authors and affiliations

  • Hans Luyten
    • 1
  • Maria Hendriks
    • 2
  • Jaap Scheerens
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Research Methodology, Measurement and Data AnalysisFaculty of Behavioural Sciences, University of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Research Methodology, Measurement and Data AnalysisFaculty of Behavioural Sciences, University of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Research Methodology, Measurement and Data AnalysisFaculty of Behavioural Sciences, University of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands

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