"Både att flytta upp klasser och att få läsa i snabbare takt är effektiva anpassningar. Elever som har flyttat upp, brukar prestera bättre än sina äldre klasskamrater.
"Det finns inga belägg för att acceleration har negativ påverkan på barnets socioemotionella utveckling.
USA och Australien har gjort stora långa studier. Bara eleven vill flytta upp och läraren vill ta emot, så är uppflytt BRA för elevens sociala utveckling. Till och med mycket bra. De högt begåvade som mådde bäst som vuxna, hade flyttat upp 2–5 år under sin skoltid.
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As an educational intervention, acceleration is decidedly effective for high-ability students. The research support for acceleration that has accumulated over many decades is robust and consistent and allows us to confidently state that carefully planned acceleration decisions are successful.
Both grade-based and content-based acceleration are effective interventions in academic and social-emotional domains for high-ability students. Grade-accelerated students generally out-perform their chronologically older classmates academically, and both groups show approximately equal levels of social and emotional adjustment (cf., Assouline et al., 2003; Colangelo et al., 2004; Kulik, 2004; Kulik & Kulik, 1992; Lipscomb, 2003; Sayler & Brookshire, 1993; Southern & Jones, 1991). To be clear, there is no evidence that acceleration has a negative effect on a student’s social-emotional development.
Some educators are reluctant to accelerate a student because they are concerned about long-term outcomes. However, longitudinal research has demonstrated that accelerants attain advanced degrees, produce scholarly works, and contribute professionally at rates well above societal baselines (Lubinski et al., 2001, 2006).
In follow-up interviews, the students indicated they wished they would have had more acceleration opportunities while in the K-12 setting (Lubinski et al., 2001, 2006).
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Nedan har jag klippt in från
- Nya Zealands utbildningsdepartements webbplats för skolor om begåvade elever
- en forskningsgenomgång av forskningen om effekterna av acceleration för högt begåvade elever, från boken Critical issues and practices in gifted education – what the research says, som används vid lärarutbildningen vid Johns Hopkins University
- ett australiskt fortbildningsmaterial för lärare, om acceleration.
Från Nya Zealand:
Research evidence for acceleration
There is strong research evidence supporting the strategy of acceleration for gifted students. Despite this the strategy is still relatively rarely used by schools. A greater awareness of the research around acceleration for gifted students might be what is needed to change this.
A Nation Deceived remains the seminal work on acceleration. Produced in 2004, it pulls together research from the preceding 50 years to provide a succinct analysis of acceleration, including tackling the misconceptions about acceleration and dispelling their impact through research, examples of effective practice, and real-life stories of students. The report notes some of the excuses given for not accelerating a student, and provides answers and research backed evidence to counter these. In particular it notes (p2):
Acceleration is the most effective curriculum intervention for gifted children.
For bright students, acceleration has long-term beneficial effects, both academically and socially.
Acceleration is a virtually cost-free intervention.
Gifted children tend to be socially and emotionally more mature than their age-mates.
For many bright students, acceleration provides a better personal maturity match with classmates.
When bright students are presented with curriculum developed for age-peers, they can become bored and unhappy and get turned off from learning.
Testing, especially above-level testing (using tests developed for older students), is highly effective in identifying students who would benefit from acceleration.
Radical acceleration (acceleration by two or more years) is effective academically and socially for highly gifted students.
Many educators have been largely negative about the practice of acceleration, despite abundant research evidence for its success and viability.
It is important for parents to be fully involved in the decision-making process about their child’s acceleration.
The few problems that have been experienced with acceleration have stemmed primarily from incomplete or poor planning.
Educational equity does not mean educational sameness. Equity respects individual differences in readiness to learn and recognizes the value of each student.
The key question for educators is not whether to accelerate a gifted learner but rather how.
Hattie compiled a synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses, consisting of over 50,000 studies relating to educational achievement. He presented a league table consisting of contributions by the student, home, teacher, teaching approaches, school and curricula as defined by their effect-size, that is, the difference each contribution made to educational achievement, listing them in order of effectiveness. The meta-analyses identified acceleration, with an effect-size of .88, as the fifth highest contribution to student achievement, in a table of 138 factors.
This equates to almost two years advancement in achievement, which can be seen when students repeatedly rise to the top of the classes in the year ahead, when they are accelerated. The increase in their learning is visible. The league table showed that it is important to not only examine what leads to successful learning, but to see what works better than other strategies/interventions/ contributions. It is hard to find even a single research study showing acceleration to be harmful; on the contrary almost all studies demonstrate the positive academic, as well as social and emotional, effects of acceleration for gifted students.
Social and emotional benefits
The social and emotional concerns tend to be the most quoted objections in the debate about accelerating gifted students. The objections however are based on myth and ‘armchair dogma’ rather than evidence-based research. Additionally there is evidence, in published studies, of significant harm being caused to gifted students who were denied acceleration and were retained in the lock-step age-grade system, which caused boredom and the risk of early exit from school. Having like-minded friends is pivotal to successful outcomes. Repeatedly it is found that gifted students prefer to socialise with older students. Therefore acceleration provides not only academic fulfilment, but also the social and emotional benefits of having a peer group with whom they can relate.
International Guidelines on Suitability for Accelerated ProgressionAdapted from Feldhusen, J. F., Proctor, T. B. & Black, K. N. (1986). Guidelines for grade advancement of precocious hildren, Roeper Review, 9 (1), 25-27.
At: www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/ manuals/pdf_doc/accelerated_guide.pdf (pp. 37-38]
students’ suitability for accelerated progression include the following:
1. It is not necessary for every gifted student to be psychometrically tested. However, in the
case of students who are being considered for accelerated progression, there should be a
comprehensive psychological assessment of their intellectual functioning, academic skill
levels and social-emotional adjustment by a trained psychologist.
2. Academically, the student should demonstrate skill levels above the average of the class
they desire to enter.
3. Socially and emotionally, the student should be free of any serious adjustment problems.
Principals should be aware, however, that in some gifted students social or emotional
diffi culties may have been caused by inappropriately low grade placement. In such cases
the situation may be alleviated by accelerated progression.
4. The student should be in good physical health. The student’s size, however, should be
considered only to the extent that competitive sport may be viewed as important in later
5. It is important that the student should not feel unduly pressured by parents/guardians. The
student themselves should be eager to move ahead.
6. The receiving teacher must have positive attitudes towards the grade advancement and
must be willing to help the student adjust to the new situation.
7. Judgements about the student’s social and emotional maturity should include input from
the student’s parents/carers and the psychologist. Gifted students are sometimes rejected
by their classmates. It is important that teachers do not confuse the absence of close peer
relationships with social immaturity.
8. Ideally, grade advancement should occur at natural transition points, such as the beginning
of the school year. However, mid-year advancement may sometimes be desirable where the
student’s prior teacher and receiving teacher may more easily confer about how best to help
the student make a smooth transition.
9. All cases of accelerated progression should be arranged on a trial basis of at least six weeks.
The student should be aware that if the trial period is not a success, they will return to the
original grade placement. It is important that in such a circumstance the student should not
be made to feel that they have ‘failed’.
10. Care should be exercised not to build up excessive expectations from grade advancement.
A small minority of gifted students are so far advanced in their intellectual or academic
development that one year of accelerated progression may still leave them bored at
school. For such students further advancement may be advisable at a later period in their
11. Decisions regarding accelerated progression should be based on facts rather than myths.
The research literature on acceleration reveals that accelerated progression benefi ts the
gifted student both academically and socially. Conversely, failure to advance a highly gifted
student may result in poor study habits, apathy, lack of motivation and maladjustment.
Från GERRICs fortbildningsmaterial, Australiska utbildningsmyndigheten i NSW, module 6 primary school: