School size effects: review and conceptual analysis

Jaap Scheerens, Maria Hendriks, Hans Luyten*

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In this chapter, a review of international review studies on school size effects is presented. Next, ingredients of a more contextualized and tentative causal mediation model of school size effects are discussed. The chapter is completed by a short overview of school size effects as found in international comparative assessment studies and by a synthesis of Dutch empirical studies that have addressed school size effects, in terms of achievement and attainment outcomes, costs, social outcomes, and good teaching practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSchool size effects revisited
Subtitle of host publicationa qualitative and quantitative review of the research evidence in primary and secondary education
EditorsHans Luyten, Maria Hendriks, Jaap Scheerens
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-06814-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-06813-8
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in education
PublisherSpringer International Publishing


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  • Parental involvement
  • School climate
  • School size
  • Large school
  • Small school

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