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Gifted Children Do Better When Grouped By Ability

By Rodney Rafols , Jan 27, 2017 01:34 AM EST
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Gifted children often do much better than most other students. Like most other people though, they would tend to do better if they are with those who are like them. Gifted children do better when grouped by ability.

Grouping students with the same abilities can help them perform better. This is because they tend to complement one another. Groups that have common interests and preferences tend to foster more cooperation among members, which people a higher chance of performing well.

This is true as well for gifted children. It has been seen that gifted children who are with kids with the same abilities are accelerated much more. This gives them a chance to be admitted earlier into higher levels such as high school or college.

Acceleration has been seen as an effective way of meeting the needs of a gifted child, though the system has not been widely used. This has been observed by Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, the study's co-author and director of the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University. She said that schools do not actively seek out gifted students who might benefit from it.

Gifted students are not challenged enough when they are with children who are more average than they are. Those who support grouping gifted children with those like them say that teachers would be able to adjust how they teach when having gifted children only as their students. Those opposed to it though say that children would lose a role model if gifted children are separated from them, according to Science Daily.

The issue is still debated by many educators, and it would not likely go away soon. The study hopes that it could clarify how grouping gifted students would benefit them, as News Wise reports. Grouping them could encourage gifted students to perform much better.

Gifted students excel well in school. A study has shown that they could perform even better if they are grouped together. Gifted children do better when grouped by ability. A study also shows that better teacher training would help students more.

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