Multi-grade education is considered by many to be an aspect of school reform with potential for helping students reach their highest learning level since it enables them to work with and learn from students of other grades. Even though multi-grade education is considered by many to offer the best opportunity for developmentally appropriate teaching, the real question remains: Do students learn better from students of differing grade levels than from their same-age peers? This study reviewed the historical framework and literature supporting multi-grade education. The author explored multi-grade education in four different elementary school classrooms with students ranging, . in grades from first through sixth grade, with a focus on the social interaction and cooperative learning in these classrooms during math time.
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