Click here to listen! Dr. Matt Makel, TIP's Director of Research, tells us about his new book, From Giftedness to Gifted Education, describing his research's impact on TIP's educational programs and diving into the benefits of ability grouping and academic acceleration. Subscribe to the Duke TIP Podcast at Apple Podcasts! … [Read more...] about The Duke TIP Podcast Episode 6: Dr. Matt Makel
Academic acceleration and most forms of ability grouping are associated with academic achievement gains. We know that many students perform above grade level (estimated that between 20 and 40 percent of students perform above grade level in reading and between 11 and 30 percent perform above grade level in math). If we know that a great many students require atypical educational experiences, what can schools do to help match education environment with their educational need? … [Read more...] about Academic Acceleration and Ability Grouping Work
What are some signs of math talent? Mathematically talented students often show an early interest in and facility with numbers. For example, they may learn to tell time at age two and begin adding and subtracting long before they enter kindergarten. Anecdotes shared by parents about their precocious youngsters are helpful in identifying these students initially, but the objective information determined from an appropriate assessment is essential in determining the extent of their abilities and … [Read more...] about Is My Child A Math Prodigy? What Can I Do For Them?
Although less common than it was decades ago, grade skipping still occasionally occurs in schools today. And research has consistently shown for decades that allowing students to skip grades can lead to numerous benefits for both the student and for society. One recent study analyzed the long-term occupational outcomes of three cohorts of students who had skipped grades compared to similar students who had not skipped a grade. Those who skipped a grade were more likely to subsequently earn … [Read more...] about Grade Skipping: Less School Can Mean More Learning
The debate over ability grouping has continued for many years, with the same research used in support of both sides. To shed some light on this important topic and its impact on gifted learners, the Duke Gifted Letter posed a series of questions to Susan Demirsky Allan and Ellen D. Fiedler, experts who have researched and written on this topic. Their thoughts follow. … [Read more...] about Continuing the Discussion of Ability Grouping
Ability grouping and tracking are two methods of grouping students for instruction. Ability grouping, commonly practiced in elementary schools, is when students of similar ability or achievement level within a class are grouped for instruction. Tracking, or grouping between classes, occurs more often in middle and high schools. … [Read more...] about Ability Grouping and Gifted Children