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Heterogeneous-Homogeneous Grouping

  • By: Mara Ellen Sapon-Shevin
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Ability grouping, and its close relative, tracking, has been of concern in education for many years and the subject of more research studies than almost any other educational practice. Heterogeneous grouping refers to grouping arrangements in which whole classes of students are grouped so that they vary according to achievement or inferred ability or to within-class groupings that place students in similarly diverse groups to learn together. This grouping practice is associated with efforts to ensure high academic standards for all students and to allow all students the benefits of access to high-level instructional practices. Homogeneous grouping involves creating groups in which all members are considered to be the same in some way or at the same learning or achievement level. Grouping practices have effects ...

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