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ERIC Number: ED320114
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 16
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Intra-Class Grouping with a Whole Language Thrust.
Sanacore, Joseph
The negative effects of long-term ability grouping has been discussed often in educational literature, and recent research has identified several areas of concern, including a need for more variety in intra-class instructional grouping. Whole language educators are apparently so dissatisfied with the traditional, rigid three-group plan that they may be avoiding most small group patterns. The challenge to whole language teachers is to organize a variety of groups, including Shared Reading, Shared Meetings, Literature Circles, skill groups, and strategy groups. These patterns provide children with flexibility while they prevent the self-fulfilling prophecy of "once a problem reader, always a problem reader." They also complement other ways of organizing instruction, including whole class and individual activities. Unless varied grouping is incorporated into classrooms, the whole language movement may never demonstrate its full potential for helping children grow as readers and writers. (One figure illustrating considerations for organizing whole language instruction is included; 14 references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Language: English
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