Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Education and Human Development


The prime objective of this paper is to explore the question; Can a classroom teacher through investigation of relevant professional literature, receive adequate guidance in the use of grouping as a means of organization for instruction?

Literature on this topic suggests that grouping is not only of value, but probably essential in many learning situations. Furthermore, grouping is one of the few feasible methods for individualized instruction that may be incorporated into our present educational framework of one teacher classrooms.

The above hypothesis has led the researcher to:

  1. Examine relevant professional literature in an attempt to bring to light many of the ramifications involved in the organization and evaluation of instructional groups.
  2. Engage in a field project, basing the grouping procedures on currently accepted practices as identified in the above mentioned literature.
  3. Evaluate the quality of guidance received from the literature.

Recommendations for further research are included as a result of the experience described above.