ERIC Number: ED360782
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-12
Descriptive Study of Multi-Age Grouping for Primary Gifted Students.
Hafenstein, Norma Lu; And Others
This descriptive study used qualitative methods to examine academic and affective components in two primary level multi-aged classrooms at a special school for gifted children. The study methodology included classroom observation, a parent questionnaire, parent interviews, a student questionnaire, student interviews, and teacher interviews. The study focused on perceptions and attitudes concerning: (1) prior expectations of the multi-aged setting, (2) actual practice and implementation of the multi-aged program, and (3) general perceptions. Children's and parents' concerns focused on social and emotional effects of multi-age grouping, whereas teachers foresaw social benefits and organizational challenges. Perceptions of students changed over the course of the year from concern to satisfaction. Perceptions of parents varied but most concerns had disappeared by the end of the school year, though parents of children who were the oldest in the classes were less likely to be satisfied with multi-age grouping. Teachers reported students' acquisition of leadership skills and growth in academic areas. Implications for development of multi-age programs are discussed. Program information and the parent and child surveys are attached. (Contains 28 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary School Students, Emotional Development, Gifted, Leadership, Multigraded Classes, Nongraded Instructional Grouping, Parent Attitudes, Primary Education, Program Implementation, Qualitative Research, Student Attitudes, Student Development, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 12-16, 1993).