Multiage

Multiage

Vogel and Bowers (1974) conducted a ten-year research project into the practices of multi-age classes. These practices were measured against certain criteria they considered necessary for the effective operation of such classes. Their criteria were as follows: no grade labels continuous progress of course study in the skill areas, rather than a course based on graded material organisation of subject areas in a cyclical manner, so that students of different ages learn the same concept continuous educational progression of all students flexibility in student grouping that provided for the creation of groups for specific purposes multi-age grouping flexibility in the instructional program to provide for adjustments to suit individual students types of staff organisation that facilitated flexible grouping patterns abundance of multi-media materials a written statement of the school’s objectives.