How Peer Effects Boost Student Achievement
For the week of August 4th, 2013
For decades, it’s been standard practice for educators to group students according to their achievement levels, starting at a very early age. But peer influence is strong, and new data suggests that combining students of various abilities can produce better results. This week, University of Minnesota researcher Aaron Sojourner explains that mixing lower achieving students with their higher scoring classmates can increase diversity and improve academic performance.