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Secondary school pupils' preferences for different types of structured grouping practices

Hallam, Susan and Ireson, Judith (2006) Secondary school pupils' preferences for different types of structured grouping practices. British Educational Research Journal, 32 (4). pp. 583-599. ISSN 0141-1926

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to explore pupils’ preferences for particular types of grouping practices an area neglected in earlier research focusing on the personal and social outcomes of ability grouping. The sample comprised over 5,000 year 9 pupils (aged 13-14 years) in 45 mixed secondary comprehensive schools in England. The schools represented three levels of ability grouping in the lower school (years 7 to 9). Pupils responded to a questionnaire which explored the types of grouping that they preferred and the reasons for their choices. The majority of pupils preferred setting, although this was mediated by their set placement, type of school, socio-economic status and gender. The key reason given for this preference was that it enabled work to be matched to learning needs. The paper considers whether there are other ways of achieving this avoiding the negative social and personal outcomes of setting for some pupils.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Education and International Development
IOE Departments > Departments > Lifelong and Comparative Education
IOE Departments > Departments > Psychology and Human Development
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Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2009 14:57
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 11:42
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