Not only did she prove that smaller classrooms were more effective, she found a solution for larger classrooms. They introduced the Personal Response System Technology (PRS) to both the smaller and larger classrooms. Students from both classrooms reported that they understood the material more when they were constantly asked questions using the PRS system throughout the lecture (Revell and McCurry 5).
Both the University of Tennessee and the Educational Advancement Program are very familiar with PRS. Although EAP utilizes smaller classroom sizes, they use the PRS system to get an update on how much the students have learned throughout the lecture.
"This is an image of one of the questions ask during an EAP course using the PRS system,"
According to the California Class Size Reduction Program (CSRP),"...higher Academic Performance Index (API) growth schools cited class size reduction as one of the key factors that contributed to changes in teaching practices at their schools…spend more time with the “neediest, at-risk” students, differentiate instruction, and spend less time on classroom management issue.”
It is no secret that first-generation, low-income, and minority students are in need of educational support. The EAP uses smaller classrooms to ensure that the instructor has the opportunity to build relationships with students. Lecture halls can be intimidating when it comes to asking questions, thus allowing students to leave a classroom without the knowledge they need to pass the course. With smaller classrooms, it allows for a more intimate environment to ensure all students feel comfortable.