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Ability Grouping in Education provides an overview of ability grouping in education. The authors consider selective schooling and ability grouping within schools, such as streaming, banding setting and within-class grouping.

Does Ability Grouping Affect Pupils' Self-Image?
Does ability grouping affect pupils' self-image?

Concern about the impact of streaming on pupils' views of themselves was a factor contributing to the demise of ability grouping in schools during the twentieth century. This concern was fuelled by research indicating that streaming had an adverse impact on the self-esteem of pupils in the lower groups. Researchers also found that at secondary level, streaming and tracking can lead to anti-school attitudes and alienation from school. Early British research indicated that primary school children's social adjustment and academic self-image were adversely affected by streaming. In this chapter we will first review the research on the nature and development of the self-concept and on the impact of ability grouping on pupils' self-image. We ...

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