"The blue table means you don't have a clue": the persistence of fixed-ability thinking and practices in primary mathematics in English schools

Marks, Rachel (2013) "The blue table means you don't have a clue": the persistence of fixed-ability thinking and practices in primary mathematics in English schools Forum: For Promoting 3-19 Comprehensive Education, 55 (1). pp. 31-44. ISSN 0963-8253

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Abstract

The use of structured ability grouping is increasing in English primary schools and is regularly seen in primary mathematics classrooms. Ability is a normalised discourse with beliefs that some individuals are ‘born to do maths' permeating society and infiltrating school practices. In this article, observation and interview data illustrate the persistence of fixed-ability thinking, even in situations where explicit ability grouping practices are not used. The data analysis suggests a mismatch between mixed ability practices and fixed-ability thinking, and the article argues that change will be difficult.

Item Type: Journal article
Subjects: X000 Education > X500 National Curriculum > X510i Mathematics Education
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2015 03:01
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2015 08:00
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/14222

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