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Ability grouping in the secondary school: attitude of teachers of practically based subjects

Hallam, Susan and Rogers, Lynne and Ireson, Judith (2008) Ability grouping in the secondary school: attitude of teachers of practically based subjects. International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 31 (20). pp. 181-192. ISSN 1743-727X

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Abstract

This research aimed to explore the attitudes of teachers of practically based subjects (arts and sports) towards ability grouping. Teachers from 45 secondary schools adopting different levels of ability grouping completed a questionnaire which elicited their responses to statements of beliefs about ability grouping and its effects. Overall, the physical education teachers exhibited the most positive attitudes towards ability grouping, drama teachers the least, with the music and art teachers in between. The best predictor of teachers’ attitudes was the subject that they taught. These findings support the notion that, overall, teachers of practical subjects have positive attitudes towards mixed ability teaching.

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Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Hallam, Susan and Rogers, Lynne and Ireson, Judith (2008) Ability grouping in the secondary school: attitude of teachers of practically based subjects. International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 31 (3). pp. 181-193. Journal of Research and Method in Education is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/17437270802124657
Controlled Keywords: Secondary school
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Continuing and Professional Education
IOE Departments > Departments > Lifelong and Comparative Education
IOE Departments > Departments > Psychology and Human Development
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Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2009 14:29
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 12:01
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