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Attainment grouping as self-fulfilling prophesy?: A mixed methods exploration of self-confidence and set level among Year 7 students

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Attainment grouping as self-fulfilling prophesy? A mixed methods exploration of self-confidence and set level among Year 7 students. / Francis, Becky; Connolly, Paul; Archer, Louise; Hodgen, Jeremy; Mazenod, Anna; Sloan, Seaneen; Taylor, Becky; Tereshchenko, Antonina; Travers, Mary-Claire.

In: International Journal of Educational Research, Vol. 86, 31.10.2017, p. 96-108.

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Francis, B, Connolly, P, Archer, L, Hodgen, J, Mazenod, A, Sloan, S, Taylor, B, Tereshchenko, A & Travers, M-C 2017, 'Attainment grouping as self-fulfilling prophesy? A mixed methods exploration of self-confidence and set level among Year 7 students', International Journal of Educational Research, vol. 86, pp. 96-108. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijer.2017.09.001

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Francis, B., Connolly, P., Archer, L., Hodgen, J., Mazenod, A., Sloan, S., Taylor, B., Tereshchenko, A., & Travers, M-C. (2017). Attainment grouping as self-fulfilling prophesy? A mixed methods exploration of self-confidence and set level among Year 7 students. International Journal of Educational Research, 86, 96-108. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijer.2017.09.001

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Francis B, Connolly P, Archer L, Hodgen J, Mazenod A, Sloan S et al. Attainment grouping as self-fulfilling prophesy? A mixed methods exploration of self-confidence and set level among Year 7 students. International Journal of Educational Research. 2017 Oct 31;86:96-108. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijer.2017.09.001

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Francis, Becky ; Connolly, Paul ; Archer, Louise ; Hodgen, Jeremy ; Mazenod, Anna ; Sloan, Seaneen ; Taylor, Becky ; Tereshchenko, Antonina ; Travers, Mary-Claire. / Attainment grouping as self-fulfilling prophesy? A mixed methods exploration of self-confidence and set level among Year 7 students. In: International Journal of Educational Research. 2017 ; Vol. 86. pp. 96-108.

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abstract = "Within-school segregation of pupils by attainment remains prevalent, despite evidence that these practices detrimentally impact outcomes for those in low attainment groups. This article explores the hypothesis that {\textquoteleft}ability grouping{\textquoteright} by setting impacts pupil self-confidence, precipitating a self-fulfilling prophecy. Survey data from 11,546 11/12 year old pupils in {\textquoteleft}ability sets{\textquoteright}, and individual interviews and focus groups with 66 pupils, are drawn upon to explore this hypothesis. We find a significant correlation between perceived set placement and self-confidence in the set subject. More importantly, we also find a correlation between set placement and general self-confidence in learning. Pupils{\textquoteright} qualitative responses illustrate how setting can promote self-fulfilling prophecy, and worrying evidence of internalisation of {\textquoteleft}ability{\textquoteright} labels among pupils.",
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