Journal of Agricultural Research (2020), Volume. 7, Issue (2)
Class Size and Student achievement in Yezin Agricultural University
Win Win Thein*, Than Than Soe Lwin and Htay Naung Oo
It is a common perception that education resources have a positive impact on student achievement. Among these resources, reducing the class size not only in basic education level but also in higher one has been viewed as an important approach to improve a student’s learning process. This study, therefore, aimed at investigating the effect of class size on student achievement in Yezin Agricultural University (YAU). The study was based on the data of exam scores of second year students of YAU, attending the English language classes. The research data obtained from 2015 to 2020 were analysed and discussed. Class sizes were about 200-300 students in 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018 academic years and about 40 students in 2019-2020 academic year. Year system was practised in the former three academic years and credit system was practised in the latter year. Mean exam scores of the students in 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018 and 2019-2020 were 54.7, 53.9, 53.4 and 58.4, respectively. In conclusion, mean score of the students of small class size and credit system was significantly better (p<0.05) than mean score of the students of large class size and year system.
Keywords: student achievement, class size, exam scores, English.