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Caribbean Journal of Education

Learning Opportunities for All Teaching in Multigrade and Monograde Classrooms in the Turks and Caicos Islands

Publication Date: 
September 2002

Multigrade schools have tended to be regarded as inferior to mono grade schools with regard to pupil learning in both developed and developing countries. This article reports on a study of pupil instruction in multigrade and monograde classrooms in the Turks and Caicos Islands, a small Caribbean territory. It finds that multigrade teachers are more aware of the diversity of learning needs in their classrooms and use a wider variety of teaching strategies than their monograde counterparts. This leads to an increase in learning opportunities for multigrade pupils when compared with monograde pupils. Multigrade teaching practices should therefore be the norm in all classrooms, and the structures to support this should be put in place.

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