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.
Principles, Pressures and Practicalities
The research discussed in Chapter 4 demonstrates that many pupils are unhappy with their placement in sets and do not think that the work they are doing is at an appropriate level. In this chapter we turn to organisational issues concerned with grouping pupils in schools. We consider the principles underpinning the adoption of ability grouping and mixed ability grouping practices. The strength of the debate about ability grouping, discussed in Chapter 1, suggests that opinions are underpinned by fundamental and conflicting educational values. Those who are strongly in favour of mixed ability grouping generally argue on the grounds of equity, that an educational system must value all individuals equally. Those who are strongly in favour of ability ...