Multiage Classrooms: A New Way to Learn Math
Recent research supports Vygotsky's "zone of proximal development" theory; children receiving peer assistance can stretch their learning beyond their individual accomplishment. A study of a multiage classroom revealed three strategies used by children working together to solve math problems--modeling, tutoring, and pairing/sharing activities. The multiage setting invites collaboration and sharing, while helping students meet mathematics learning standards. (MLH)
Dever, M. T., Zila, R., & Manzano, N. (1994). Multiage classrooms: A new way to learn math. Principal, 73, 22-26.