A heterogeneous classroom is one that reflects the rich diversity of students. Rather than grouping children based on their ability or achievement, a heterogeneous classroom encompasses students with differences in age, sex, race, ability, and achievement (American Association of School Administrators, 1992).
In the heterogeneous classroom, the perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds of all students are valued as important for enriching learning. As students collaborate, each individual has the opportunity to make a contribution. Everyone learns from everyone else.