Abstract Title

Classroom Size & Student Participation: How One Can Affect the Other

Abstract

A student’s experience of a class can be significantly influenced by the size of the class. One way in experience can be influenced is through participation, specifically when it comes to the answering and asking of questions. We are studying such an influence; namely, just how can classroom size affect student participation? In this study, we are naturally observing multiple classrooms to determine if student participation depends on the number of students present in the class. This is applied research, with quantitative data taken from the field. Class participation will be divided into eight separate categories: making a personal connection (PC), making a class connection (CC), asking a clarification question (CQ), asking an unrelated question (UQ), called on by instructor (CO), providing a personal opinion (PO), other (O), and group discussion (G). We have eight hypotheses concerning each of these categories. We hypothesize that larger classroom sizes will have (1) fewer PC’s, (2) fewer CC’s, (3) fewer CQ’s, (4) fewer UQ’s, (5) more CO’s, (6) fewer PO’s, (7) fewer O’s, and (8) fewer G’s. Data collection for this is ongoing and will conclude in mid-March.

Modified Abstract

A student’s experience of a class can be significantly influenced by the size of the class. One way in experience can be influenced is through participation, specifically when it comes to the answering and asking of questions. We are studying such an influence; namely, just how can classroom size affect student participation? In this study, we are naturally observing multiple classrooms to determine if student participation depends on the number of students present in the class.

Research Category

Psychology

Primary Author's Major

Psychology

Mentor #1 Information

Dr. Rachael

Blasiman

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

April 2019

Research Area

Experimental Analysis of Behavior

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Classroom Size & Student Participation: How One Can Affect the Other

A student’s experience of a class can be significantly influenced by the size of the class. One way in experience can be influenced is through participation, specifically when it comes to the answering and asking of questions. We are studying such an influence; namely, just how can classroom size affect student participation? In this study, we are naturally observing multiple classrooms to determine if student participation depends on the number of students present in the class. This is applied research, with quantitative data taken from the field. Class participation will be divided into eight separate categories: making a personal connection (PC), making a class connection (CC), asking a clarification question (CQ), asking an unrelated question (UQ), called on by instructor (CO), providing a personal opinion (PO), other (O), and group discussion (G). We have eight hypotheses concerning each of these categories. We hypothesize that larger classroom sizes will have (1) fewer PC’s, (2) fewer CC’s, (3) fewer CQ’s, (4) fewer UQ’s, (5) more CO’s, (6) fewer PO’s, (7) fewer O’s, and (8) fewer G’s. Data collection for this is ongoing and will conclude in mid-March.