Academic grouping of students could be easily prejudiced
psychologists warn against the possibility that educational tracking or
grouping students based on their achievement levels could turn unjust.
Evaluators beware! You could be easily tempted inadvertently to assign an able
low socioeconomic status (SES) pupil into a lower trackand offer a higher track
more suitable for a high-SES pupil. The results of the study undertaken by the researchers
of Université de Lausanne, Switzerlandis published in the journalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin,
published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
"Our research suggests that the selection required by the tracking system may lead evaluators to artificially create academic differences among students, as a function of their socio-economic status," says Anatolia Batruch one of four researchers associated with this report.