Capstone/Dissertation Title

Class size and high school teachers' satisfaction and self-efficacy

Term

2012

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Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was: how does class size affect high school teachers' feelings of satisfaction and self-efficacy? The study aimed to explore how the size of a teacher's class affects feelings of job satisfaction and self-efficacy. Research indicated that four variables influence teacher job satisfaction: instruction, efficacy, relationships and feedback. This study examined how class size affects these four variables. Four teacher interviews and forty-one teacher surveys were collected. Interviewed and surveyed teachers indicated that student achievement was the main contributor to feelings of job satisfaction and a larger class size seemed to reduce student achievement, thus reducing teacher job satisfaction. It seems that class size affects teachers' feelings of satisfaction and self-efficacy. The project also examined optimal class sizes for general level courses at the high school level. Results indicate the optimal class size for high school classes range from 22-25.

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