Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Spring 1992

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Randy Wallace

Second Committee Member

D. Daryl Basler

Third Committee Member

Nancy E. Jurenka


This study was conducted to determine if attitudes toward and /or practices of ability grouping for reading instruction have changed over the last thirteen years. Current research was reported. A replication of a study by Wilson and Schmits (1978) was completed and analyzed. The results suggest a fairly dramatic change in both attitudes toward and practices of ability grouping. A collection of alternative methods were offered for teachers looking for options to the ability grouping method of teaching reading.