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.

Alternative Ways of Grouping Pupils in School
Alternative ways of grouping pupils in school

The evidence presented in this book suggests that increasing the extent of setting and banding in our schools will not provide an effective solution to the problem of underachievement and may lead to the increased alienation of some pupils exacerbating current social problems. Equally, mixed ability teaching, as it has recently been practised in many schools, has not provided an appropriate learning environment for all pupils to reach their full potential. In this chapter we will consider how some of the difficulties with setting and mixed ability teaching might be ameliorated and suggest alternative ways of grouping pupils between and within classes.

As we have seen in Chapter 6, when considering how to ...

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