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SOC 311, Week 4 Notes

by: Elizabeth Brake

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These notes cover the fourths week of material on Tracking and Ability Grouping.
Sociology of Education
Dr. Mari Dagaz
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Date Created: 02/05/16
Tracking and Ability Grouping 02/05/2016  “We need Homogenous groups to be successful in tracking.” 1) Reasons why there’s problems maintaining Homogenous Groups in Tracking: -Inflexible Tracking: You get put into this group and students develop at different rates but they are not moved up or down. So even a student in a lower tracked group is doing well and improving they do not advance (they are stuck in that because it is inflexible) -Its not only based on academic performance its also based on their extra curricular activities (Track placement to accommodate student activities). -Parents demand for their child be in different tracks. This is based on social and cultural capital. When parents know higher tracks to social mobility they will demand there child be in a certain track that will benefit them.  (Tracking causes children to be viewed by teachers and students as “not able” and this gets so cemented in their heads they start to view themselves as that so then they don’t do as well.) 2) Slower achievement in lower tracks, Why?  Teachers have lower expectations and standards. “students will rise to the expectation that you expect them too”  uninteresting lessons  Interruptions due to disciplinary. -These are viewed as “throw away kids” because they develop understandably bad attitudes because they are treated in a way that leads to that.  They aren’t valued by the school: They aren’t given the same level of literature 3) Negative social psychological consequences:  Negative view from teachers and peers. -Not treating lower tracks as if they aren’t capable  Tracked groups in schools create the same stratified outcomes that they started with.  Why is it that tracking is the norm? We don’t even have centralized systems…


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