Date of Award

Spring 5-22-2021

Document Type

Honors Project

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.


A project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements

for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Honors Liberal Arts.

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