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ERIC Number: ED138943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Pages: 9
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The Effects of Ability Grouping upon the Self-Confidence and Achievement of Students Who Are Learning to Read.
Schluck, Carolyn Gitzen
In this study, students' perception of group membership (high-ability group, middle-ability group, and low-ability group) was found to affect their performance on a test of reading achievement. Subjects were 157 seniors in a developmental reading course. Data revealed that those students who believed that they had been placed in a high ability group scored better on the achievement test, thought that their first-grade ranking with regard to reading ability was higher, and adjusted their expectations of the effects of new instructional techniques to reflect a positive attitude. Conversely, students who thought that they were in the low group had poorer reading test scores, remembered their first-grade ranking as lower, and expected to do less well in future reading work. Even with extra instruction, the group with low perceptions of ability scored lower than the other two groups. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, New York, April 1977)