ERIC Number: EJ793889
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 4
Ability Groups: Ineffective on Ineffectively Used?
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v9 n2 p29-31 2004
All teachers are aware of the wide range of abilities that exist within most standard Australian primary school classrooms. Many of these schools implement structures such as ability grouping and/or streaming to help meet the needs of this diverse group of learners; but does ability grouping meet these needs? The number of studies that have looked at the pros and cons of ability grouping is overwhelming, and they conclusively prove one thing, that the research is inconclusive. Working as a student services officer teaching mathematics to small ability groups has prompted the author to consider his own perspectives on this topic, and more importantly to consider how he can make this type of instruction more effective. This article looks at the justification for maintaining small ability groups and the implications to achieving success.
Descriptors: Ability Grouping, Classrooms, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Primary Education, Mathematical Concepts, Inclusive Schools, Outcomes of Education, Instructional Effectiveness
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT). GPO Box 1729, Adelaide 5001, South Australia. Tel: +61-8-8363-0288; Fax: +61-8-8362-9288; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.aamt.edu.au
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Primary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia