Date of Award
University Scholars Director
Dr. Christine Chaney
First Advisor/Committee Member
Dr. Jerilynn Lepak
Second Advisor/Committee Member
Dr. John Hossler
Ability grouping, math trauma, responsibility
This literature review approaches the question of ability grouping and other forms of teacher communication in elementary school math curriculum through the lens of equity and student outcomes. Types of grouping practices in elementary schools are discussed, along with the positives and negatives of each general form of grouping, with special consideration paid to the topic of math trauma and the ways that ability grouping contributes to it. This review concludes that teachers have a profound effect on students and that students have a profound effect on one another, leading to a discussion on the moral and ethical responsibility that exists between a student and various authority figures in their life.
Owen, Sarah E., "An Exploration of Math Trauma Through Ability Grouping and Teacher Language in Elementary Schools" (2021). Honors Projects. 129.
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