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ERIC Number: EJ1097090
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1941-3394
The Influence of Ability Tracking on the Performances of Minority Learners
Faitar, Gheorghita M.; Faitar, Silviu L.
Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, v7 Feb 2012
The development of an equally beneficial and efficient teaching and learning system implies the application of multiple educational theories and methods. One method that had become prominent throughout the years is ability tracking. Based on this method, elementary and middle-school students are grouped into levels that are designated to presumably suit their skill according to developmental stages in a particular subject. Students are guided during the school years by the school system, teachers, counselors and specific guidelines. However, if the advisement available to them is biased, the students' placement to particular ability tracks can be detrimental to their future. Several educational research studies determined that African American, Latino, Native American, and other minorities are disproportionately assigned to lower ability tracks as early as the first grade. The present paper will analyze the implications of the tracking procedures upon the achievements in sciences for both minority groups and mainstream students. The minority-mainstream achievement gap has a significant impact on the professional accomplishments of the students and their future endeavors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York
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