Acceleration is one of the more hotly debated areas of gifted education. And yet, the research is clear – acceleration does not inherently hurt or damage the social development of gifted children (Kulik, 2004). In fact, many gifted children benefit from the exposure to more challenging work.
Whether or not acceleration is an option for a gifted student is something that school-based teams need to look at on a case-by-case basis. Just as the research indicates that acceleration is not harmful as a rule, it also indicates that some students have not benefited from acceleration (Neihart, 2007). The important thing for schools to realize is that each case needs to be determined using data and available research.
Bottom line – schools and parents must do their homework and make decisions on case-by-case basis that are evidence-driven decisions, taking into consideration the specific emotional development of the child and the school and home network of support that child has.
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