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The Benefits of Mixed-Age Grouping (ERIC Digest)

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Author:Lilian G. Katz
Description: "Goodlad and Anderson, who introduced the modern notion of the non-graded elementary school in 1959, raised our awareness of the fact that age is a crude indicator of what learning experiences children are ready for... The terms 'ungraded' and 'nongraded' used by Goodlad and Anderson suggest what we do not do in mixed-age settings - separate children into grade groups by age - but they fail to describe what we try to do. That may be better conveyed by the use of the term 'mixed-age grouping'. A mixed-age group of children in which the children's age range is larger than a year... is intended to optimize the educative potential of the mixture itself...."

Levels: Elementary, Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Ed Topics: Tracking/Ability Grouping

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