Mixed Ability Grouping

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MIXED ABILITY GROUPING
Ana Redondo

I/ INTRODUCTION:
The main purpose of this module is to present to you some general evidences of different researches about method of mixed ability grouping versus other forms of organising pupils in MFL teaching and learning perspective. II/CONTENT

1/ Political context (in England and Wales)
* 1944 the educational system in Britain streamed into diferent types of secondary schools, student with special educational needs being educated in special school. * Since 1980s central government break up the Local Education Authorities by introducing Local Management of School * 1991-1993, chidren with special education needs into mainstream school, private school: 20-25%, conprehensive school being skew. * Throughout 1990, setting had proved to be effective in many secondary schools for mathematics, science and language. Pupils grouping are cosidered under such pressures: Student’s achievements (examination results), policy and society, local needs and parental choice. 2/ Mixed ability grouping

* In the title clerly indicates: ‘Mixed ability grouping’ also refer to a group in which children of varied ability are taught together rather than being set apart. * -No group of pupils is ever homogeneous. Differences in areas: ability, gender, self-concept, self-estem, ethnic background. a. Advantages of Mixed abilitiy grouping

* Mixed ability grouping provides all pupils with equality of opportunity and reduces the negative results often associate with homogeneous grouping. * It avoids the problems associated with allocating pupils to homogenous groups. * It promotes a good relation among pupils, between teachers and pupils. * Reduce competition and the labelling of pupils.

* Low ability pupils are supported more benefit.

b. Disadvantages of mixed ability grouping
* It is hard to ensure that higher ability Ss are stretched sufficiently. * The meeting the needs of high and low...
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