Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow

Volume 10 : 1 January 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

Managing Editor: M. S. Thirumalai, Ph.D.
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Coping with the Problems of Mixed Ability Students

Archana Shrivastava, Ph.D.


A group of students sitting in the class, napping as they are, not getting anything out of teacher's delivery, and a group listening with all interest, eager to ask questions - this kind of diversity, as any educator knows, has always been a part of classroom teaching.

It results from the heterogeneity of the learners present in one class.

Students' ability varies in their interest, attitude, knowledge, speed, etc. However these variations may vary in different degrees.

Problem of handling classes with mixed ability or heterogonous learners is an age old challenge for all the teachers.

Various solutions keep coming from time to time. The most common solution that comes up is differentiation, i.e. dividing the students into common groups of intelligences. But this solution has raised many eyebrows of parents as well as students who doubt whether this technique will help or negatively affect the students.

Instead of physically dividing them into groups teachers need to work on varying degrees of structured pedagogy which they can apply in the same class without letting students know that they are being discriminated on the basis of high and low abilities. My paper deals with a pedagogy as well as andragogy that help in developing techniques for dealing mixed ability classes.

Heterogeneity in Classes

Heterogeneous classes are one of the basic realities which every teacher has to face. Heterogeneity could be seen in terms of language background, learning speed, learning ability, cultural background, etc. It could be seen everywhere at every level of teaching learning process.

With such kind of diversity existing in the classroom we cannot think of providing homogeneous learning. We teachers need to identify the problems of mixed ability classes and try to come out with the solutions of eliminating them.

The Goal of This Paper

My paper makes a systematic study of the factors that create diversity, identifies the challenges it presents to the teacher or tutors and approaches that might minimize the complications involved and maximize the learning process. Being a teacher myself I have taken my food of thought from my workplace only.

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