ERIC Number: ED448982
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Multigrade Classroom: A Resource Handbook for Small, Rural Schools. Book 5: Instructional Delivery and Grouping.
Vincent, Susan, Ed.
In multigrade instruction, children of at least a 2-year grade span and diverse ability levels are grouped in a single classroom and share experiences involving intellectual, academic, and social skills. "The Multigrade Classroom" is a seven-book series that provides an overview of current research on multigrade instruction, identifies key issues teachers face in a multigrade setting, and provides a set of resource guides for multigrade teachers. Book 5 emphasizes that instructional quality and student grouping are key components for success in the multigrade classroom. Sections cover commonly used teaching methods (lecture-recitation and discussion); the Practice Model of Instruction--a direct-instruction method--and related elements of the learning environment; aspects of effective lesson planning and instruction; independent study and individualized instruction; using computers and the Internet in the elementary classroom; grouping as an instructional strategy (mixed-ability groups, planning whole-class instruction, grouping strategies based on ability, and research on ability grouping); case examples of grouping in two schools with multigraded classes; characteristics of a collaborative classroom and teacher and student roles in such classrooms; challenges in moving from traditional to collaborative instruction (discipline, time needs, individual differences among students, values conflicts); the research base for collaborative learning; and guidelines for planning groupwork. (Contains 48 references and 15 resources.) (SV)
Descriptors: Class Organization, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Computer Uses in Education, Cooperative Learning, Elementary Education, Group Instruction, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Individualized Instruction, Multigraded Classes, Teaching Methods
These publications are also available online as PDFs at http://www.nwrel.org/ruraled/index.html#multigradepubs.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; Institute of International Education, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR, Rural Education Program.