ERIC Number: ED369573
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
The Challenge of Detracking: A Collection.
Bellanca, James, Ed.; Swartz, Elizabeth, Ed.
Noting that in practice, educational research highlighting the negative effects of tracking and ability grouping is often ignored, this book examines the implications of tracking and presents alternatives to this instructional policy. Divided into four sections, the chapters discuss tracking as a systematic barrier to all children, explore the research on the effects of tracking, discuss the implications of tracking in regard to gifted students, and describe programs that work without tracking or ability grouping. The chapters are: (1) "Tracking and Ability Grouping: A Structural Barrier to Access and Achievement" (J. Oakes and M. Lipton); (2)"The Tracking Wars: Is Anyone Winning?" (A. Steinberg); (3) "Keeping Track, Part 1: The Policy and Practice of Curriculum Equality" (J. Oakes); (4) "Keeping Track, Part 2: Curriculum Inequality and School Reform" (J. Oakes); (5) "Achievement Effects of Ability Grouping in Secondary Schools: A Best-Evidence Synthesis" (R. Slavin); (6) "Tracking: Implications for Student Race-Ethnic Subgroups" (J. Braddock); (7) "Classroom Opportunities: Curriculum Goals and Instruction" (J. Oakes with others); (8) "On the Wrong Track?" (D. Gursky), on the civil rights aspects of tracking; (9) "Are Cooperative Learning and 'Untracking' Harmful to the Gifted?" (R. Slavin); (10) ""What To Say to People Concerned with the Education of High Ability and Gifted Students" (D. Johnson and R. Johnson); (11) "After Tracking--What?: Middle Schools Find New Answers" (A. Steinberg and A. Wheelock); (12) "Detracking Schools: Early Lessons from the Field" (J. Oakes and M. Lipton); (13) "Research Identifies Effective Programs for Students at Risk of School Failure" (Center for Research on Elementary and Middle Schools); and (14) "What's the Truth about Tracking and Ability Grouping Really?: An Explanation for Teachers and Parents" (P. George). (HTH)
Descriptors: Ability Grouping, Academic Achievement, Academically Gifted, Educational Attitudes, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Program Descriptions, Socioeconomic Influences, Track System (Education)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
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