ERIC Number: ED308990
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Mixed-Age Groups in Early Childhood Education. ERIC Digest.
The topic of mixed-age groups in early childhood education is discussed in terms of: (1) advantages of mixed-age classes; (2) social development in mixed-age groups; (3) cognitive development in mixed-age groups; and (4) implications for early childhood education. It is asserted that mixed-age interaction among young children can offer a variety of developmental benefits to all participants. Empirical data on the educational principles that should guide instruction in mixed-age environments are not yet available; however, when available, such data are likely to support the position that mixed-age group interaction can have unique adaptive, facilitating, and enriching effects on children's development. Nine references are cited for further reading. (RH)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Urbana, IL.