Questions & Implications for ASB regarding Cognitive Aspects
Keeping in mind the limitations of the research, is the lack of
significant findings in negative or positive cognitive effects
enough to say ASB should not pursue this?
With possible positive impacts for high ability students, could
MACs be the avenue in which ASB services this population?
Impacts for the Family & Community
The purpose of this subtopic is to explore how MACs impact the sense of
classroom community for children and teachers, as well as how they
impact parental involvement.
Synopsis of Research
Overall, the research concludes that MACs have a positive effect on
building strong relationships between students, teachers, and parents.
Benefits of MACs on classroom communities
There are numerous benefits of Multi-Age education. One of
these, peer modeling, helps the social behaviors of older
students. Their self-regulatory behavior improves through the
act of reminding younger students of classroom rules and
agreements. An added benefit is that when older children 'teach'
newly learned skills to younger classmates, they strengthen their
own understanding of these skills.Behavioral issues occur
lessfrequently through the creation of environments that
support respectful relationships among students and teachers.
Time is spent building classroom community and structures are
created within so children can support and help each
other. (Stuart, 2006)
Older students help mentor younger students though the use of
coaching strategies and by showing them how the classroom
works. (Carter, 2005)
Multi-Age grouping builds strong relationships among teachers,
students, and families. (Miller, 1994)