ERIC Number: ED442862
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-May-26
Assessing Five Sacred Cows in Education.
The strengths and weaknesses of five highly publicized ideas in education are noted. The first is the idea of heterogeneous grouping. Advocates seem to think that there is no room for homogeneous grouping of students by ability, but both plans should be used because in society, individuals interact with others regardless of ability but they also seek peers for interaction. A second "scared cow" is cooperative learning. Frequent assessment and evaluation are required to ensure that cooperative learning works as it should. Team teaching is a third idea that bears scrutiny. Many human relations problems may surface in team teaching, and it is important to allow for individual differences among instructors. A fourth concept that requires scrutiny is that of measurably stated objectives. There are dangers in the rigidity of measurably stated objectives that may inhibit real learning and limit the focus of instruction. The final "sacred cow" is the notion of teaching everybody in the public schools. There are good reasons for excluding certain highly disruptive students from the regular classroom if their presence hampers the learning of other students. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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