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Does Class Size Affect Student 'Grit'? Evidence from a Randomised Experiment in Early Grades


Gross, Jana; Balestra, Simone; Backes-Gellner, Uschi (2017). Does Class Size Affect Student 'Grit'? Evidence from a Randomised Experiment in Early Grades. Swiss Leading House Working Paper Series 129, University of Zurich.

Abstract

The increasing recognition of non-cognitive skills has led many researchers to investigate how educational practices enhance these skills. In this paper, we focus on the non-cognitive skill known as 'grit', and we study the relation between class size and grit in early grades. Using data from follow-up surveys of Project STAR, we show that fourth-grade pupils who experienced small classes during early grades are 0.12 standard deviations higher in grit than their peers in regular classes. Sub-sample analysis reveals that particularly boys and non-white pupils increase their grit in smaller classes. We also show that grit matters, because half of the effect of smaller classes on test scores entirely operates through grit.

Abstract

The increasing recognition of non-cognitive skills has led many researchers to investigate how educational practices enhance these skills. In this paper, we focus on the non-cognitive skill known as 'grit', and we study the relation between class size and grit in early grades. Using data from follow-up surveys of Project STAR, we show that fourth-grade pupils who experienced small classes during early grades are 0.12 standard deviations higher in grit than their peers in regular classes. Sub-sample analysis reveals that particularly boys and non-white pupils increase their grit in smaller classes. We also show that grit matters, because half of the effect of smaller classes on test scores entirely operates through grit.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:1 June 2017
Deposited On:10 Aug 2018 13:54
Last Modified:10 Aug 2018 13:55
Series Name:Swiss Leading House Working Paper Series
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://repec.business.uzh.ch/RePEc/iso/leadinghouse/0129_lhwpaper.pdf
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:15580

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