ERIC Number: ED297023
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
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Ability Grouping: Decision-Making at the Secondary Level.
Some of the dynamics involved in ability grouping classification at the secondary level are described via an examination of the decision-making process involved. Specifically, the practitioners' perspectives of the curriculum, their use of selected student characteristics, and their beliefs about the goals of the classification process were studied. Grouping decisions made by school personnel at five junior high schools in a moderate-sized midwestern city school district. The study involved in-depth voluntary interviews of 19 staff members, including five science teachers, six English teachers, four counselors, and four principals. Respondents were asked to make classification decisions based on the presentation of vignettes about hypothetical students. Results indicate that students with the same characteristics were recommended for different classes by different practitioners. The practitioners' perspectives of the curriculum and of student characteristics and practitioners' beliefs about the purposes of grouping were examined as possible factors contributing to the differences in classifications. Questions used in the teacher and counselor interviews are appended. (TJH)
Descriptors: Ability Grouping, Classification, Counselor Attitudes, Decision Making, English Curriculum, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Junior High Schools, Principals, Science Curriculum, Secondary School Curriculum, Secondary School Teachers, Student Evaluation, Student Placement, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988).