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.
Pupils' Perspectives on Ability Grouping
In this chapter we will bring together the findings of several recent research studies that have explored pupils' views of working in school in structured and mixed ability groups. The evidence from these studies demonstrated that children at primary and secondary school can justify the reasons for the adoption of different grouping practices and are able to evaluate critically the benefits and drawbacks of them. Overall, pupils preferred setting to other grouping practices but their perceptions and preferences were influenced by the practices currently adopted in their school, their current placement in an ability group and gender. Pupils of all ages demonstrated sensitivity to the effects of structured ability grouping, in particular the stigmatisation that can ...