Advantages And Disadvantages Of Mixed Ability Classroom

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different backgrounds, life experiences, thoughts, learning styles, and the interactions among them are multi-dimensions.

Maria and Pavlou (2008) in their study showed that mixed-ability classes provided students access to more learning opportunities. Johnson and Johnson (1987) recommended that assigning students of different abilities in the same group could maximize the strength of each group. Such ability variety within the same group creates an effective learning environment and provides learning opportunities for low-level students as well as opportunities to more advance students. For instance, when learners with learning problem are grouped with highly gifted learners, they will be motivated to learn as they will not only be learning from their teacher. Kaabwe in Kaabwe and Thody (2000) supported his ideas by arguing that student-student learning is more effective than teacher-student learning as peers sometimes exert more pressure to conform than teachers.

Teachers can have many options in grouping students and changing their partners or group members easily in mixed-ability classes, so that they can learn from his friends in many aspects other than academically. This diversity of classroom’s culture helps them feel interested in coming to school, enjoy sharing ideas and create meaningful, varied and student-centered lessons (Hess 1999) Disadvantages of a mixed-ability classroom

Most literature on mixed-ability classes shows that the educators experience

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