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Nongraded Multi-age Grouping

Research findings reveal that the longer students are in non-graded programs the more positive their school-related attitudes become. Researchers note however, that teachers sometimes interfere with cross-age interactions, either by conducting too many teacher directed activities or by putting children in age-similar groups too much of the time. Compared with children in graded settings, those in non-graded programs exhibited more positive outcomes in the following areas:

  • Social Skill Development
  • Leadership skill development
  • Frequency of interaction
  • Pro-social behaviors/reduced aggression among student, such as giving, sharing, taking turns, giving praise and reassurance.


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