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Effects Of Grouping On 4th Grade Mathematics Achievement, Brian Marinelli Dec 2017

Effects Of Grouping On 4th Grade Mathematics Achievement, Brian Marinelli

Boise State University Theses and Dissertations

Questions involving the equitable distribution of mathematics instruction have been addressed since at least the early 1990’s. Since this time, little research has been conducted on the antecedents and effects of grouping elementary school students within homogenous mathematics groups. The purpose of this quantitative study was to compare the mathematics achievement of 4th grade elementary school students who were grouped in either homogenous or heterogeneous mathematics classes. A causal-comparative design was utilized in an attempt to find relationships between the independent variables of mathematics grouping level, sex, and ethnicity and the dependent variable of mathematics achievement. Data were ...


Beyond Dichotomies: Acknowledging And Disrupting The Social Worlds Of Tracked Schooling Through Identity-Focused Literacy Practices, Krista M. Bowen May 2017

Beyond Dichotomies: Acknowledging And Disrupting The Social Worlds Of Tracked Schooling Through Identity-Focused Literacy Practices, Krista M. Bowen

Doctor of Education in Secondary Education Dissertations

This study sought to understand the influence of institutional structures of tracking and ability-grouping on the social worlds of an English language arts classroom – to understand how students construct and express identities against the backdrop of academic hierarchies, and to observe how these academic identities shape social patterns in the classroom. Drawing on dialogic and identity-focused literacy practices, this study used a design-based research methodology with ethnographic tools to observe the potential for literacy events to open more inclusive pathways to participation, beyond the social patterns that often marginalize students who do not fit conventional academic definitions of success. Data ...