School districts across the nation annually experience frequent teacher turnover and loss of teachers to the profession. The primary cause contributing to this condition is low teacher job satisfaction. This study examined the relationship between small class size in early elementary grades and teacher job satisfaction in a single school district using 20 elementary schools involving 135 teachers. Results of the study indicated that higher levels of teacher satisfaction were associated with fewer children assigned to a class. Specifically, statistically significant correlations were found for the relationship between small class sizes and the use of enriched activities in the classroom, ability to reconfigure classrooms for learning, and increased ability to respond to student needs, all factors enhanced through smaller class sizes and related to teacher job satisfaction. ACCESS FULL MANUSCRIPT HERE:

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