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The MultiGradeMultiLevel-Methodology and its Global Significance

Ladders of Learning – Scientific Horizons – Teacher Education

Thomas Müller, Ulrike Lichtinger and Ralf Girg

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Thomas Müller, Ulrike Lichtinger, Ralf Girg, The MultiGradeMultiLevel-Methodology and its Global Significance (2015), Verlag Barbara Budrich, 51379 Leverkusen, ISBN: 9783847414438

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Description / Abstract

The MultiGradeMultiLevel-Methodology (MGML) offers students and teachers a reliable learning framework for both individualized and community-oriented education. With “ladders of learning” guiding children through their tasks, MGML allows mixed-age groups to work together in one classroom (multigrade) at various achievement levels (multi-level) according to a defined curriculum. MGML allows teachers to spend less time teaching and more time supporting their students individually and working with them personally. In this publication the authors introduce MGML’s origin and international variations localizing them within scientific horizons. As a core result MGML’s significance stretches far beyond individual processes or single classrooms no matter if the school is in Germany or in Kenya, if the students are at primary or at university level. MGML has shown its potential to impact not only schools and students, but the global community.


Dr. Thomas Müller, University of Würzburg, Germany, is member of the institute for special needs education, member at the chair of pedagogies at behavioral disorders. His work focuses on social discrimination and exclusion, trust and education as a special education issues, impaired childhood under the social conditions of the 21st century, teaching and education at behavioral disorders.

Dr. Ulrike Lichtinger, University of Regensburg, Germany, is board member of the Regensburg University Centre for Teacher Training, head of the office for practical training in teacher education, faculty member at the department of education. Her main interests are in flexible learning for multigrademultilevel classrooms and school development.

Dr. Ralf Girg, University of Regensburg, Germany, is Academic Director at the Chair of Education working in teacher education. His philosophical and research interests focus on integral education and integral schools in global contexts. He initiatedTeam Research Integral and cooperates in several international long-term collaborations working with MGML-Methodology.

Table of content

  • Cover
  • TheMultiGradeMultiLevel-Methodology and its Global Significance
  • Preface
  • Content
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 The MultiGradeMultiLevel-Methodology and its Ladders of Learning
  • 2.1 History and Growth of the RIVER-Projects
  • 2.2 Learning with Ladders of Learning
  • 2.3 Teaching in the MGML-Methodology
  • 2.4 Teacher Training with RIVER
  • 3 Cultures of Learning in the 21st Century
  • 3.1 Schooling in the Context of Global Developments
  • 3.2 Life in the Horizon of an Integral Educational Practice
  • 3.3 Aspects of a Culture of Learning in the 21st Century
  • 4 Variations in Learning with Ladders of Learning, teaching with MGML
  • 4.1 Indian and International Variations
  • 4.2 German Variations and the Multifaceted Quality of their Applicability
  • 4.3 The MGML-Methodology’s flexibility in its International Importance
  • 5 Consequences and Perspectives
  • 5.1 Building Skills for the MGML-Methodology in Teacher Training
  • 5.2 International and Global perspectives
  • 6 Growing and Flowering with the MGML-Methodology
  • 7 Works Cited
  • U4

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