ERIC Number: ED181016
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Ability Grouping and Students' Self-Esteem.
Past research on the effects of ability grouping on students' self-esteem have produced mixed results. This may be due to the fact that at least three distinct processes are involved: across-group comparisons, within-group comparisons, and the perceived evaluations of teachers. The extent to which the group structure is visible is likely to determine, in part, the relative impact of these processes. Data from a first-grade classroom, based mainly on interviews with students, indicates that when awareness of group differences in ability is low, within-group comparisons and teacher evaluations have more effect on students' academic self-esteem than do across-group comparisons. The implications of these results for future research in this area are discussed. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Dept. of Sociology.
Note: Paper presented at the American Sociological Association Meetings (August 1979)