The dinosaur in the classroom: what we stand to lose through ability-grouping in the primary school

Marks, Rachel (2014) The dinosaur in the classroom: what we stand to lose through ability-grouping in the primary school Forum: For Promoting 3-19 Comprehensive Education, 56 (1). pp. 45-54. ISSN 0963-8253

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Abstract

Embedding setting (subject-based ability-grouping) into the primary-school environment creates structural conflict - physically and culturally - fundamentally changing the nature of primary schools through the imposition of secondary practices and cultures and the loss of pastoral care. This article examines the hidden implications for teachers and pupils of taking on secondary-school roles within the primary-school context. It highlights the wide-ranging, yet nuanced impacts of the use of setting, examining the shift towards subject-based thinking and the erosion of the pastoral-centred holistic ethos of primary education.

Item Type: Journal article
Subjects: X000 Education > X500 National Curriculum > X510i Mathematics Education
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.2304/forum.2014.56.1.45
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2015 15:10
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2015 15:12
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/14240

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