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The Administration of Learning Groups in Elementary Schools


by Philip A. Boyer 1936

Consciously or unconsciously the conduct of an educational enterprise is guided by the active philosophy of the administrator. When pupils are associated into learning groups, the bases for determining and administering the groups are fixed by the major purposes of the grouping. If it is true that in practice the chief purpose of ability grouping has been to eliminate individual differences and have all pupils within given segregated groups learn a common body of subject matter uniformly well, then ability grouping is indeed discredited. Even if the efforts to arrive at such an end were futile, the attainment of the much more important objectives of self-direction, flexibility of behavior, and integration of personality would be seriously impaired.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 35, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 37 Number 9, 1936, p. 191-215
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 20615, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 3:31:49 AM

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