#53ideas 19 – Class size matters


As an undergraduate in the 1960’s my lectures at university contained about 20 students and my seminars about six. My teachers knew me, and their doors were open to discuss my essays and lab reports. As resources in higher education have declined in recent decades, class sizes have got bigger … and bigger… and bigger. One of the side effects of the current ‘rationalising’ of course provision at many institutions is that, despite level funding, the same overall number of students on the fewer remaining courses are inevitably going to find themselves in larger classes. Does this matter?

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