Date of Award

Summer 8-1-1962

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Maurice L. Pettit

Second Advisor

Donald J. Murphy

Third Advisor

Everett A. Irish


One of the major problems that confronts many teachers is the wide range of ability in any given classroom. How is a teacher going to meet the needs of all the children who are different in so many ways? For many years teachers have tried various means of educating the entire class to the satisfaction of the pupil, parent, teacher, and administrator. The principle that should be first in the minds of all educators is that optimum growth of the pupil is the schoolst primary objective. Schools are a place of learning where children may have success in their school experiences. Our present philosophy and criteria for classification did not meet these objectives; consequently, the school did not meet the needs of many children. Many students superior in ability and the slow learners should have more opportunities, individual and group work with proper supervision, and a chance to excel to their potential. Would our methods of instruction and learning environment increase in the classroom through a new system of classifying the pupil? Would grouping the children decrease the wide range of abilities and help the child during the school day? Would this help each child grow into a better student and future citizen, the main objective of any school?