In this episode we speak to Deidre McGillicuddy, from University College Dublin, about her research into children's views of ability grouping.
We discuss findings that highlight the negative impact of ability grouping and consider why the practice of ability grouping is still so common. Deirdre shares findings from her research which found a significant impact of ability grouping on young people's identity, their emotions and their social groups.
To read more about the topic:
"They would make you feel stupid" - Ability grouping, children's friendships and psychosocial wellbeing in Irish primary school
You feel ashamed that you are not in the higher group’—Children’s psychosocial response to ability grouping in primary school
“Turned off” or “ready to fly” – Ability grouping as an act of symbolic violence in primary school
Children’s Right to Belong?—The Psychosocial Impact of Pedagogy and Peer Interaction on Minority Ethnic Children’s Negotiation of Academic and Social Identities in School
You can contact Deirdre using: https://people.ucd.ie/deirdre.mcgillicuddy or on Twitter @deemcgillicuddy
Music: "Moodswing" by Poddington Bear
From the Free Music Archive
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