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´╗┐Name: Weite Li (Daniel) Class: N Teacher: Elaine Jackson Written Assignment 2 Educational performance can be improved by certain approaches. According to NBC News (1997), seventy percent of Americans claim that students? academic achievement can be developed dramatically by small-size classes. However, it can be argued that ability-based sets and parental involvement resulted in more significant influence. Consequently, this essay will discuss which schemes contribute to academic success most. In the first place, analysts have suggested that students can obtain advantages from small classes. Finn and Achilles (2001) found that small classes? students obtained 20% higher academic results than those who studied in normal-size classes; and this difference appeared to be even more significance in minority nationalities. ...read more.

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Apart from this, Zorpette (2001) demonstrated that Asian students in huge classes achieved brilliant score. Although reducing class size is constantly being advanced, this expensive and inefficient attempt does not satisfy people?s expectations. One relative factor is that grouping students by their ability has magnificant effect on educational improvement. This is because teachers can teach more effectively as they can apply diverse teaching strategies to different groups (Ward, 2006). Hence, students? needs have been satisfied separately by different study materials and assignments (Ward,2006). Conversely, it can be argued that streaming and setting is an invalid approach. In other words, poor students can be negatively affected by placing them in a lower grade group (NFER). For instance, their attitudes, motivation and self-esteem have been distorted and damaged (NFER). ...read more.

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Firstly, in the case of the family environment, Zorpette (2001) implies that children who grow up in a stable family are more likely to obtain higher academic results. In other words, the harmonious relationship of their family can help them concentrate on the study. In addition, Ehrenberg (2001) mentioned that parents? educational level affected their children?s academic potential. Meanwhile, Apart from schooling, educated parents can coach children in homework. In conclusion, small-size classes? influence on academic achievement is negligible; by contrast, group teaching method and parents? participation bring great benefit to the students. 517 words Reference List NBC News, March 1997 Jeremy Finn, The State University of New York, 2001 Charles M.Achiles, Eastern Michigan University, 2001 Frederick Mosteller, 2009\ Kirk A.Johnson, Ph.D . Center for Data Analysis Report, 9TH June 2000 Eric Hanushek, Stanford University?s Hoover Institute, 2001 The Asian Paradox, Zorpette,G., 2001 Claudia Ward, 2006 National Foundation for Educational Research Ehrenberg, 2001 ...read more.

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