I'm having trouble locating articles concerning flexible grouping and the affects it has on student achievement. Any suggestions?


Answered By: Trustee Library
Last Updated: Dec 12, 2016     Views: 57

You'll find the best resources for your topic in the Advanced Education LibGuide (

Click on the yellow tab at the top for General Education, and browse the databases for education-inclusive collections.

For example, click on Academic Search Complete. (You may be prompted to log in with your 6-digit student ID number and your Brenau email username.)

In the box at the top, enter your search terms. If you use "flexible grouping" (including the quotation marks that tell the database it is one whole phrase together), you'll retrieve 21 results. However, you can experiment with different terms to find more. The field also uses the term "ability grouping", so a search for "ability grouping" or even "ability grouping" AND achievement (in which the AND makes sure the search yields results with both the the phrase and the term together), will give you more relevant results like the following:

Adelson, J. L., & Carpenter, B. D. (2011). Grouping for achievement gains: For whom does achievement grouping increase kindergarten reading growth?. Gifted Child Quarterly, 55(4), 265-278. doi:10.1177/0016986211417306

Ireson, J., & Hallam, S. (2009). Academic self-concepts in adolescence: Relations with achievement and ability grouping in schools. Learning & Instruction, 19(3), 201-213. doi:10.1016/j.learninstruc.2008.04.001

Worthy, J. (2010). Only the names have been changed: Ability grouping revisited. Urban Review, 42(4), 271-295. doi:10.1007/s11256-009-0134-1

When you have explored one database thoroughly, go back to the LibGuide and choose another database like ScienceDirect or Education Journals by ProQuest and run the same searches that you did the first times. Each database is a unique collection of materials, so you may find different relevant articles in each one!

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