ERIC Number: ED466328
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
La agrupacion de edades multiples y el logro academico (Multiage Grouping and Academic Achievement). ERIC Digest.
Kinsey, Susan J.
Noting that multiage classes during the elementary school years have been an option of educational practice in the United States since the introduction of graded education in the 19th century, this digest, written in Spanish, discusses the research on multiage education and its impact on academic achievement. The digest points out that despite inconsistencies in research findings, those studies that report significant achievement outcomes for students in multiage classrooms over those in single-age classes demonstrate gains in language (including vocabulary and literacy measures) and mathematics. It also notes the key to interpreting research outcomes may be how multiage is defined. The digest points out that the academic benefits demonstrated for students in multiage classrooms may be the result of the classroom teachers active facilitation and encouragement of cross-age learning opportunities. It concludes by noting that widespread acceptance of the multiage model in elementary schools is unlikely until it is clear that multiage education leads to greater academic achievement. If careful attention is given to definition and selection of multiage classrooms, and detailed descriptions of classroom procedures are provided, research outcomes may reliably indicate which specific aspects of multiage classroom practices are most beneficial. (LPP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classroom Environment, Definitions, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Elementary Education, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Mixed Age Grouping, Research Problems, Teacher Influence
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Champaign, IL.