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ERIC Number: EJ883877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1033-2170
Streaming for Mathematics in Years 7-10 in Victoria: An Issue of Equity?
Forgasz, Helen
Mathematics Education Research Journal, v22 n1 p57-90 2010
"Streaming" for mathematics remains a contentious issue and particular forms of the practice have been considered inequitable. In the study reported here, the focus was on the extent to which streaming is used for mathematics at years 7-10 in Victorian secondary schools. Also of interest were the forms of streaming adopted and the criteria for selection into class groups; and teachers' views on streaming, their beliefs on whether all students benefit equitably from the practices adopted, and if they modify the curriculum and/or pedagogy in streamed classes. The findings indicated that forms of streaming were fairly widespread, were supported by many mathematics teachers, and were more prevalent as year level increased. Curriculum differentiation and pedagogical change that appeared to support high achievers, but which might limit low achievers' future mathematics options, were reported. Some teachers recognised some of the limitations associated with streaming, and that particular students might be disadvantaged as a result. The teachers participating in the study did not identify students' gender, socioeconomic, or ethnic/Indigenous backgrounds as factors of disadvantage linked to streaming. The implications of the findings and recommendations for future research are discussed. (Contains 5 tables, 1 figure and 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia