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ERIC Number: EJ719588
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0272
The Construction of a Mathematical "Habitus": Implications of Ability Grouping in the Middle Years
Zevenbergen, Robyn
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v37 n5 p607-619 Sep 2005
Ability grouping is a common practice in many mathematics classrooms. Its negative effects on students have been documented in research spanning two decades or more, and yet it is still widely implemented--in some countries even mandated. Using data from interviews with Australian students in the compulsory years of secondary schooling (14-16 year-olds), and using the theoretical tools offered by Bourdieu, I argue that the objective practices of school mathematics create an environment through which students internalize the practices to develop a sense of self, a "habitus". This "habitus" potentially is more or less empowering, depending on the experiences within these streamed settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia