Heterogeneous grouping is a distribution tactic in the classroom, whereby diverse students (for example, students that have learning disabilities and students who are gifted) are placed in different classrooms so that they can apply their skills and abilities more evenly through their cohort. These mixed groups contain students of different ages, educational levels, interests and skills.
Heterogeneous grouping allows students to learn from one another’s differences and provides a chance to interact with diverse individuals. It also enables advanced students to mentor their peers. Contrastingly, advanced students in these groups may feel pressured to take on a leadership role or feel the need to slow down when completing an activity to meet the speed of the group.