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Mixed Ability Grouping

A Philosophical Perspective, 1st Edition

By Charles Bailey, David Bridges


86 pages

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The book, first published in 1983, explores the argument that justifies mixed ability groupings in schools and the consequences of practicing the different justificatory arguments. The issues to be dealt with by staff making decisions about grouping arrangements in their schools are clearly worked out from basic principles rooted in social philosophy. The ideas of social justice and fraternity, implicit and unexamined in much discussions about mixed-ability grouping are here explained and their limitations and implications described.

The issues discussed in this book are not only important for teachers and for those studying to become teachers, but also for school governors, administrators and parents who can gain a better understanding of the school system through this study.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. ‘Mixed Ability’ – What Do We Mean? 2. The Rationale 3. Justice and Equality 4. Fraternity 5. Grouping, Teaching Styles and Subjects 6. The Lessons of Experience 7. ‘Going Mixed Ability’ – Who Should Decide?; Notes on Further Reading; Select Bibliography; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Education

This set of 21 volumes, originally published between 1955 and 1997, amalgamates several topics on the philosophy of education, with a particular focus on religious education, curriculum studies, and critical thinking. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject and will be of particular interest to students of philosophy, education and those undertaking teaching qualifications.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects
EDUCATION / Classroom Management