ERIC Number: ED112483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
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The Pros and Cons of Ability Grouping. Fastback Series, No. 66.
Findley, Warren G.; Bryan, Miriam M.
This booklet provides a synthesis of the few existing well-designed studies of ability grouping's status and impact. The body of the report has three main sections: preliminary statements, conclusions, and recommendations. The preliminary statements serve to define ability grouping and outline the ways in which it is used. The conclusions are presented as numbered statements followed by supporting detail. Read in sequence, these statements form a logical argument or brief in support of the recommendations that follow. The recommendations are also presented in a numbered statement format. It is recommended that most forms of ability grouping not be used. A major reason for the recommendation is the negative effect ability grouping has on children of lower socioeconomic status. Ways in which alternative practices, singly and in combination, may be used to achieve the improved schooling originally sought via ability grouping are included in the conclusions. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Ability Grouping, Ability Identification, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Socioeconomic Influences, Socioeconomic Status
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