The use of structured ability grouping is increasing in English primary schools and is regularly seen in primary mathematics classrooms. Ability is a normalised discourse with beliefs that some individuals are ‘born to do maths' permeating society and infiltrating school practices. In this article, observation and interview data illustrate the persistence of fixed-ability thinking, even in situations where explicit ability grouping practices are not used. The data analysis suggests a mismatch between mixed ability practices and fixed-ability thinking, and the article argues that change will be difficult.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Forum: For Promoting 3-19 Comprehensive Education|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2013|
Marks, R. (2013). "The blue table means you don't have a clue": the persistence of fixed-ability thinking and practices in primary mathematics in English schools. Forum: For Promoting 3-19 Comprehensive Education, 55(1), 31-44. http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pdf/validate.asp?j=forum&vol=55&issue=1&year=2013&article=4_Marks_FORUM_55_1_web