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ERIC Number: EJ1016618
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0963-8253
"The Blue Table Means You Don't Have a Clue": The Persistence of Fixed-Ability Thinking and Practices in Primary Mathematics in English Schools
Marks, Rachel
FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, v55 n1 p31-44 2013
The use of structured ability grouping is increasing in English primary schools and is regularly seen in primary mathematics classrooms. Ability is a normalised discourse with beliefs that some individuals are "born to do maths" permeating society and infiltrating school practices. In this article, observation and interview data illustrate the persistence of fixed-ability thinking, even in situations where explicit ability grouping practices are not used. The data analysis suggests a mismatch between mixed ability practices and fixed-ability thinking, and the article argues that change will be difficult.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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