Comparing High and Low Performing Classes

Year: 1985

Author: Bourke, Sid

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Mathematics lessons of 75 Year 5 classes were observed over a term to obtain information on class organization and teaching practices. The 20 classes which gained most and the 20 classes which gained least in achievement over the term were compared. The same was done for enjoyment of mathematics. The high and low achieving classes differed on teacher resources and inten- tions, class activities, interactions and management, homework, and student perceptions of the teacher. The high and low enjoy- ment classes differed on teacher responsiblity, use of textbooks, class activities and interactions, and provision of assistance to students.