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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.

Teachers' Attitudes to Ability Grouping
Teachers' attitudes to ability grouping

In this chapter we will consider teachers' attitudes towards different kinds of pupil grouping and the factors that affect them. We will argue that teachers hold strong attitudes towards ability grouping, that these vary according to the type of school in which they work and also the subject that they teach. After reviewing the literature, we explore teachers' beliefs about the impact of structured ability grouping on the academic progress and self-esteem of pupils, whether ability grouping benefits particular groups of children, and the impact of ability grouping on the behaviour of pupils in the classroom. We then turn to teachers' views about the suitability of different curriculum subjects for mixed ability teaching. In both primary ...

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