ERIC Number: ED278873
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
Grouping Students for Effective Learning in the ABE Classroom. TECHNIQUES.
Davis, Richard S.; Davis, Ginger L.
Lifelong Learning, v10 n5 p18-19 Feb-Mar 1987
For many learners in adult basic education (ABE) or General Educational Development (GED) classrooms, the difference between staying with the program and leaving prematurely is often related to the degree of the student's involvement with other members of the class. Grouping students to work together has both support- and learning-related benefits. There are basically five steps in the grouping process--initial contact, the first-night interview, testing, placement, and maintenance. In the initial contact phase, which often involves a phone conversation in which the student explains his or her reasons for wanting to enroll in a class, instructors should already be mentally considering into which group, if any, the student will fit. The first night interview provides valuable grouping information in the form of the student's goals for the course, previous schooling, prior work experience, and personal interests. Informal reading and mathematics tests may be given the first night. Although not absolutely necessary, it is best to keep students with the same ability level together if practical. After the evaluation of the student's ability, personality, and interests is complete and the student has had a chance to become familiar with what others in the class are doing, efforts are made to steer the individual student toward the group to which he or she appears most suited. It is very important that the dynamics of the individual groups within a class be watched closely and continually so that changes may be made when appropriate. (MN)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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