ERIC Number: ED427466
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Tracking, Ability Grouping and the Gifted. PAGE Bulletin.
Fiedler-Brand, Ellen; Lange, Richard E.; Winebrenner, Susan
This brief bulletin addresses seven "myths" of tracking or ability grouping with gifted students in response to what is seen as a current movement against both ability grouping and tracking, which are characterized by the "anti-tracking" movement as inflexible and unaccommodating of a varied schedule. The following myths are countered: (1) tracking and ability grouping are the same thing; (2) ability grouping is elitist; (3) ability unfairly discriminates against racial and ethnic minority students because they are not equitably represented in gifted programs; (4) gifted students will make it on their own and grouping them by ability does not result in improved learning or achievement; (5) providing heterogeneously grouped cooperative learning experiences is most effective for serving all students, including the gifted; (6) assuring that there are some gifted students in all classrooms will provide positive role models for others and will automatically improve the classroom climate; and (7) all children at a certain grade level should be reading grade level material in a whole language learning environment. (Contains 25 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Cooperative Learning, Educational Principles, Elementary Secondary Education, Gifted, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Homogeneous Grouping, Minority Groups, Peer Relationship, Track System (Education), Whole Language Approach
PAGE Inc., 3026 Potshop Road, Norristown, PA 19403; Web site: http://www.penngifted.org/bulletins/65.html
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education, Norristown.