Publications from the IoE Team (March 2015) Click on symbol to read full text
Blatchford, P., Chan, P., Galton, M., Lai, K.C. & Lee, J.K. (in press) Class Size: Eastern and Western Perspectives. Routledge (Date of publication: 2015)
Blatchford, P. (2003) The Class Size Debate: Is Small Better? Maidenhead: Open University Press 182pp
Chapters in Books
Journal papers and reports
Blatchford, P., Bassett, P., and Brown, P. (2011) Examining the effect of class size on classroom engagement and teacher-pupil interaction: differences in relation to prior pupil attainment and primary vs. secondary schools, Learning and Instruction, 21, 715-730
Brühwiler, C. and Blatchford, P. (2011) Effects of class size and adaptive teaching competency on classroom processes and academic outcome. Learning and Instruction, 21, 95-108
Blatchford, P., Hallam, S., Ireson, J., Kutnick, P. with Creech, A. (2008) Classes, groups and transitions: structures for teaching and learning. Theme 9/2. Research Survey for Cambridge Primary Review
Blatchford, P., Russell, A., Bassett, P., Brown, P., and Martin, C. (2007) The effect of class size on the teaching of pupils aged 7-11 years. School Effectiveness and Improvement, 18, 2, June , 147-172
Blatchford, P., Russell, A., Bassett, P., Brown, P., and Martin, C. (2007) The role and effects of Teaching Assistants in English Primary Schools (Years 4 to 6) 2000-2003 British Educational Research Journal, 33,1, February 5-26 http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/research/data/uploadfiles/RR605.pdf
Blatchford, P. (2005) A multi-method approach to the study of school class size differences . In Special Issue of International Journal of Social Research Methodology: Theory and Practice, 8,3,195-205 (ISSN 1364-5579) To be reprinted in: Blatchford, P. (in press) A multi-method approach to the study of school class size differences. In A.E.Bryman (Ed.) Mixed Methods. Sage
Blatchford, P., Bassett, P., and Brown, P. (2005) Teachers’ and pupils’ behaviour in large and small classes: a systematic observation study of pupils aged 10/11 years. Journal of Educational Psychology, 97,3, 454-467
Blatchford, P., Bassett, P., Brown, P., Martin, C., and Russell, A (2004) The effects of class size on attainment and classroom processes in English Primary Schools (Years 4 to 6) 200-2003. Research Brief. DfES (Research Brief Number RB605. ISBN 1 84478 373 1)
Blatchford, P., Russell, A., Bassett, P., Brown, P., and Martin, C. (2004) The effect of class size on teaching over KS2: results from the Class Size and Pupil-Adult Ratios (CSPAR) KS2 Project. Unpublished Technical Report
Blatchford, P. (2003) A systematic observational study of teachers' and pupils' behaviour in large and small classes. Learning and Instruction, 13,6, 569-595
Blatchford, P., Bassett, P., Goldstein, H., and Martin. C. (2003) Are class size differences related to pupils’ educational progress and classroom processes? Findings from the Institute of Education Class Size Study of children aged 5-7 Years. British Educational Research Journal, 29, 5, 709-730. Special Issue ‘In Praise of Educational Research’, Guest Editors: S. Gorrard, C. Taylor and K. Roberts
Blatchford, P., Edmonds, S., & Martin, C. (2003). Class Size, pupil attentiveness and peer relations. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 73, 15-36.
Blatchford, P., Goldstein, H., Martin, C. & Browne, W. (2002). A study of class size effects in English school reception year classes. British Educational Research Journal. Vol. 28, No. 2, pp. 170-187.
Blatchford, P., Moriarty, V., Edmonds, S., & Martin, C. (2002). Relationships between class size and teaching: a multi-method analysis of English infant schools. American Educational Research Journal. Spring 2002 Vol. 39, No. 1, pp 101-132.
Blatchford, P. (2001). Is small better? Class size, academic progress and classroom processes in children aged 4-7 years. Summary of results from the London Class Size Research Project. Unpublished report
Blatchford, P., Baines, E., Kutnick, P., & Martin, C. (2001). Classroom contexts: connections between class size and within class grouping. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 71, 2, 283-302.
Blatchford, P., Goldstein, H. & Mortimore, P. (1998). Research on class size effects: a critique of methods and a way forward.. International Journal of Educational Research, 29, 691-710.
Blatchford, P., & Martin, C. (1998) ‘The Effects of Class Size on Classroom Processes: “It’s a bit like a treadmill - working hard and getting nowhere fast!”. British Journal of Educational Studies, Vol. 46, No. 2, 118-137.
Goldstein, H. & Blatchford, P. (1998). Class size and educational achievement: a review of methodology with particular reference to study design. British Educational Research Journal, 24 3, 255-268.
Blatchford, P. & Mortimore, P. (1997). Does size of class matter? Topic, Issue 17.
Goldstein, H. & Blatchford, P. (1997). Class size and educational achievement: a methodological review. Report commissioned by UNESCO.
Blatchford, P. & Mortimore, P. (1996). The puzzle of class size. OMEP update.
Blatchford, P. & Mortimore, P. (1995). How do we know small classes are better? Parliamentary Brief, May, 45-47.
Blatchford, P. & Mortimore, P. (1994). The issue of class size in schools: what can we learn from research? Oxford Review of Education, 20 4, 411-428.
Mortimore, P. & Blatchford, P. (1993). The issue of Class Size. National Commission on Education, Briefing No. 12, March.
Selected Blogs and media pieces
Blatchford, P. (2013) Is it true that class size does not matter? A critical review of research on class size effects. Public Seminar at Hong Kong Institute of Education, March
Blatchford, P. (2012) Why we need a third generation of research on class size effects. Paper to American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, School Effectiveness and School Improvement SIG, Vancouver, April
Blatchford, P. (2012) Research and policy on small classes: a perspective from the UK. Paper to Public Forum, A dialogue between East and West: Perspectives on the rationale and research on small class teaching. Hong Kong Institute of Education, June 2012
Blatchford, P. (2010) Effective teaching in small classes: recent findings from UK secondary schools and future research needs. Paper to Public Seminar: Does Small Class Teaching Make a Difference in Secondary Schools?: Sharing of Research Evidence, Hong Kong Institute of Education, December 2.
Blatchford. P., Russell, A., Bassett, P., Brown, P., and Martin, C. (2006) Effects of class size on the teaching of pupils aged 7 to 11 years: implications for classroom management. AERA Annual Meeting, San Francisco.
Blatchford, P. (2012) Class size: is small better? In Adey, P and Dillon, J. (Eds) Bad Education: Debunking Myths in Education. Open University Press
Blatchford, P. (2011) Three generations of research on class size effects. Chapter in: The American Psychological Association (APA) Educational Psychology Handbook. Vol. 2 Individual Differences and Cultural and Contextual Factors. pp 529-554. Editors-in-Chief Karen R. Harris, Steven Graham and Timothy Urdan. American Psychological Association: Washington, DC.
Blatchford, P. and Lai, K.C. (2010) Class size: arguments and evidence. In Barry McGraw, Eva Baker and Penelope P. Peterson (Eds.) International Encyclopedia of Education. 3rd Edition. Elsevier
Blatchford, P., Hallam, S., Ireson, J., and Kutnick, P. with Creech, A (2010) Classes, groups and transitions: structures for learning and teaching. In Robin Alexander (Ed.) The Cambridge Primary Review Research Surveys. Routledge
Blatchford, P., Russell, A., and Brown, P. (2009) Teaching in large and small classes. In L.J. Saha and A.G. Dworkin (Eds) International Handbook of Research on Teachers and Teaching. pp 779-790. Springer: New York (ISBN 978-0-387-73317-3)
Blatchford, P. (2008) Class size. In Anderman, E.M. and Anderman, L. (Eds.) Psychology of Classroom Learning: An Encyclopedia. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale
Blatchford, P., and Catchpole, G. (2003) Class size and classroom processes. In J.P.Keeves., and R. Watanabe (Eds.) International Handbook of Educational Research in the Asia-Pacific Region. pp741-754. Dordrecht: Kluwer,
Bosker, R., Blatchford, P., & Meijnen, G.W. (1999). The Forthcoming Class Size Initiative. In R.J. Bosker, B.P.M. Creemers & S. Stringfield (Eds.) Enhancing Educational Excellence, Equity and Efficiency. Evidence from Evaluations of Systems and Schools in Change. Dordrecht/Boston/London: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Blatchford, P. (2015) The class size debate is tired and asks the wrong questions
Guardian Opinion piece Feb 2015-02-26
Blatchford, P. (2015) Are the benefits of small class sizes a myth? IOE Blog posted Feb 17th 2015
Blatchford, P. (2013) Should we raise class sizes and reduce the number of Teaching Assistants? Institute of Education Blog Posted on May 30, 2013
Blatchford, P. (2013) Why small is beautiful when it comes to class sizes ‘The Conversation’ Website Posted 30 May 2013
Blatchford, P. (2013) Don’t deny students in need the benefits of small-class teaching. Small-class Teaching Bulletin, Vol. 3 (Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union)
Blatchford, P. (2013) Article on the class size topic for South China Morning Post, published as a main ‘Insight’ feature article on 4th April
Mortimore, P. & Blatchford, P. (1995). High time for small talk. Times Educational Supplement, 17th February.