Because the organization of the classroom and the school provide the framework for teaching and learning, this important volume reviews research that focuses on specific issues including: achievement effects of alternative school and classroom organizational practices, ability grouping, departmentalization, special and remedial programs, evaluation processes, and class size. The studies utilize realistic evaluations rather than laboratory or experimental data, and do not prescribe particular practices.
Contents: Part I:An Introduction to School and Classroom Organization. R.E. Slavin, A Theory of School and Classroom Organization. Part II:Classroom Instruction: Quality and Quantity. T.L. Good, J. Brophy, Teaching the Lesson. N. Karweit, Time and Learning: A Review. Part III:Alternative Models of Classroom Organization. R.E. Slavin, Achievement Effects of Group-Based Mastery Learning. R.E. Slavin, Cooperative Learning and Student Achievement. Part IV:School Organization. R.E. Slavin, Grouping for Instruction in the Elementary School. J. Oakes, Tracking in Secondary Schools: A Contextual Perspective. G. Leinhardt, W. Bickel, Instruction's the Thing Wherein to Catch the Mind that Falls Behind. G. Natriello, The Impact of Evaluation Processes on Students. R.E. Slavin, Achievement Effects of Substantial Reductions in Class Size.