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Unformatted text preview: Ed Psych 10/5/10 Notes School Organization (Review from previous lecture)- School size o Smaller is better, optimal range = 500 -1,000 students o Larger creates more bureaucratic settings + less intimacy = bad- Class size o Not a factor for most students in secondary schools o Remedial students: smaller class size is better o In general makes no difference- Age groupings: o Does not matter what age person makes transition o Transition people make into secondary schools is stressful and difficult Larger, different levels of caring, etc- Tracking: o 1 group of people say we need tracking b/c it benefits people at high and low end o 2 nd group: kids at low end get “punished” by this system and are not getting the schooling they need (critics) School Climate- Is not necessarily tangible (how do we measure it?)- The way that teachers interact with students o Want teachers who motivate students, hold high expectations for students have some flexibility, no harsh discipline- The way that classroom time is used o Classrooms that are organized around academic features students report those classrooms are better in school climate- The standards that teachers hold for their students o Teachers expecting more from students = better school climate- The expectations that teachers have for their students o Teachers that expect their students to go on to college = most favorable- Together these aspects = school climate- Harder to measure and identify from school to school what matters most in school climate- It’s the most important factor in affecting student’s performance and behavior...
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- Fall '10
- black males, Notes School Organization