50 Future Forwards: Exploring Frontiers in Education
Throughout this program and at the conclusion, thorough data collection,
evaluation, and comparisons against the single year classroom using
similar pedagogical approaches are recommended. Further details of our
recommendation are as follows:
The program implemented should take place in grade three or
below. This is due to the extensive literature and research
focused on this age group. While there has been research
conducted at various other age levels, early elementary has the
most thoroughly supported information.
The MAC should include three traditional grade levels, resulting
in an average of a two year age difference in students (e.g. Grade
1, 2, 3 Multi-Age program, with the mean age being 6, and a
range of 5 to 7 years in the beginning of the school year).
To best support consistency and continuity, it is recommended
that the MAC program (and ES), develop an assessment and
reporting system based on a continuum of learning and
development. This could be accomplished through the
implementation of standard-based reporting system, rather than
separate grade-level reports.
Two full-time teachers should team teach the MAC. This would
allow the teachers of the MAC to receive support for questions,
curricular planning, grouping decisions, instruction, and
assessment; which are integral to the successful implementation
of a Multi-Age program.
To assess and review the success of this program, there should
be planned assessments of students, faculty and parents at the
pre-implementation, implementation, and post-implementation
stages. Assessment should include a contrast-comparison to the
students in the single-age classroom model. Assessment of the
entire program at the end of a full cycle would allow for a fuller
understanding of the positive and negative aspects of how the
actual program is operating at ASB.