On a regular basis, teachers find it necessary to place children into groups for instruction. Random assignment is typically the norm when group composition is immaterial to the task. When member-sensitive groups need to be created, teachers might associate specific assignment with colours, numbers or other coding systems. Mixintools offers the teacher a strategy for creating groups in an enjoyable, expedient and variable fashion. Or does it? The purpose of this research was to determine whether the resource had any value from the perspective of both the teacher and the student. Data were sourced from three primary schools and one university teacher education class regarding the usefulness of Mixintools. Results indicated a mixed response. Reasons for this are reported.


Published in Full, Grouping students, group formation, Western Australia


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The authors:

Professor Richard G Berlach

Associate Professor Keith McNaught

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