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ERIC Number: ED358184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
The Disadvantages of Tracking and Ability Grouping: A Look at Cooperative Learning as an Alternative. A Series of Solutions and Strategies. Number 5.
Crosby, Margaree S.; Owens, Emma M.
Educational practices in tracking and ability grouping are reviewed, and it is suggested that cooperative learning strategies are effective alternatives for students who need preparation for the challenges of citizenship in the future. Research studies have given rise to many criticisms of tracking, particularly as it relates to minorities, although some educators continue to believe that it has beneficial effects. Educational research has indicated that cooperative learning may have important benefits for African American and Hispanic students. It builds on the social instincts of children as they work toward academic and social skills objectives. The controversy over tracking and ability grouping remains unresolved, but the practice continues to be widely implemented. Cooperative learning appears to be a viable alternative, which may eventually eliminate interest in tracking and ability grouping. Many educators will need professional development to become proficient in cooperative learning processes. (SLD)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Dropout Prevention Center, Clemson, SC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A