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ERIC Number: EJ1031855
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0963-8253
The Dinosaur in the Classroom: What We Stand to Lose through Ability-Grouping in the Primary School
Marks, Rachel
FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, v56 n1 p45-54 2014
Embedding setting (subject-based ability-grouping) into the primary school environment creates structural conflict--physically and culturally--fundamentally changing the nature of primary schools through the imposition of secondary practices and cultures and the loss of pastoral care. This article examines the hidden implications for teachers and pupils of taking on secondary school roles within the primary school context. It highlights the wide-ranging, yet nuanced impacts of the use of setting, examining the shift towards subject-based thinking and the erosion of the pastoral-centred holistic ethos of primary education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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