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Understanding Multiage Education


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1

System: Graded or Multiage Education?

Inside Insights 1.1: The Pedagogy of Multiage Education 1.2: Montessori: A Different Path and Approach Chapter 2 Benefits: Why Multiage Education? Inside Insights 2.1: A Multiage Family: Diverse Community of Learners 2.2: Crisis in Creativity Chapter 3 Structure: Is It a Multiage or Combination Class? Inside Insight 3.1: Specialists in Multiage Schools: Experiences of Art Educators Chapter 4 Learning: Strategies Versus Lesson Plans? Inside Insight 4.1: Young Social Scientists Chapter 5 Learning: Goals Versus Objectives? Inside Insight 5.1: Multiage Inquiry Science Project in Finland Chapter 6 Role of the Teacher: Facilitator or Instructor? Inside Insight 6.1: Can We Build a Worm Center? Chapter 7 Curriculum: Are Mixed-age Groupings Too Diverse to Teach Effectively? Inside Insight 7.1: Middle School Multiage Projects Chapter 8 Assessment: What Is Appropriate? Inside Insight 8.1: Technology, Learning, and Community Chapter 9 Standards: Is There a Conflict? Inside Insight 9.1: Neoliberal Thinking, Teachers' Instruction, and Children's Learning Chapter 10 Self-Contained or Team Teaching? Which Classroom Structure Is Best for Children? Inside Insight 10.1: Bullying: Less Likely in a Multiage Setting Chapter 11 Mixed-age Grouping: Is It Really Important? Inside Insights 11.1: The Value of Mixed-age Play 11:2: Mixed-age Children Digging Holes Outside Chapter 12 Classroom Space: "Curriculum Tasks" or "Learning Environment?" Inside Insights 12.1: Designing Spaces for Children to Thrive 12.2: Let's Go Outdoors: A Learning Opportunity 12.3: Bilingual Projects in a Primary Multiage Classroom in Japan Chapter 13 Defining Success: What Do We Really Want for Our Children? Inside Insight 13.1: Multiage Classrooms: Responsive and Inclusive Learning Communities Chapter 14 Change: Why Is It So Difficult? Inside Insight 14.1: The Long and Winding Road to Multiage Classrooms Inside Insight 14.2: The Folly of Homework: A Parent's View Chapter 15 Change: What Are the Possibilities? Inside Insight 15.1: Beyond Measure Chapter 16 The Vision: The Future of Multiage Education

About the Author

Sandra J. Stone is Professor Emeritus and founder of the National Multiage Institute at Northern Arizona University, USA. Kathleen G. Burriss is Professor at Middle Tennessee State University, USA.


"This is a brilliant book that makes the important case for the fostering of multiage education. Thoughtfully written, well-researched, insightful, practical, and making clear the dialectical interweaving of theory and practice, Stone and Burriss provide a text that will be enormously useful for teacher educators, practitioners, and policy-makers. In short, this book will stand out as the go-to-text in the growing multiage education literature."- James D. Kirylo, University of South Carolina, USA

"The authors give a comprehensive and persuasive argument for changing both the philosophy and practice of the present American schools to their preferred model of multiage education. They compare multiage education practice and results to presently pervasive educational models (graded Skinnerian-influenced and Montessori influenced) and give many examples of ways that well-designed multiage education can be effective for children at all educational age levels. Their ideas suggest perspectives on how to foster better educational experiences in these challenging times." - Doris Bergen, Miami University, USA

"Stone and Burriss have written the quintessential guide to multiage education; showing that this concept means so much more than simply having a mix of grade levels in the same classroom. Rather, the authors situate multiage learning as part of a broader framework for a sound, compassionate, and highly effective form of education for young children. Bold and persuasive, this highly recommended text is sure to inform and inspire-and is just what is needed in today's educational environment." - Patricia A. Crawford, University of Pittsburgh, USA

"Stone and Burriss present compelling evidence for multiage education to become the shared vision of educators, parents, policy makers - everyone who cares about children. This important book is a must-read call to action to join those schools already transformed and thriving with the child-centered multiage approach. Readers come away informed, hopeful, and energized to take action to realize the promise of schools fit for all children to flourish." - Katherine Becker, Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

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