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ERIC Number: ED448982
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Pages: 85
Abstractor: N/A
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)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
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.