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Chapter Six Accommodating Student Variability
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Overview Ability grouping The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Students with mental retardation Students with learning disabilities Students with emotional disturbance Gifted and talented students Using technology to assist exceptional students
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What is ability grouping? Ability grouping is … Grouping students of similar ability for the purposes of instruction.
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Types of Ability Groups Between-class ability grouping Each class is made up of students of similar ability. Regrouping Students of the same age, ability, and grade but from different classes come together for instruction in a specific subject. Joplin plan Regrouping that takes place across grade levels. Within-class ability grouping Division of a single class into two or three groups for instruction in specific subjects.
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Evaluations of Ability Grouping There is little to no support for between-class ability grouping. Research on the effect of regrouping for reading or math is inconclusive. The Joplin plan yields moderately positive effects compared with instruction in heterogeneous classes. Within-class grouping in math and science produced modestly positive results compared to other instructional approaches.
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Students in homogeneously and heterogeneously grouped classes scored similarly on measures of self-esteem. Students in high-ability classes had more positive attitudes about school and higher educational aspirations than did students in low-ability classrooms. Between-class grouping affected the
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