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New Research on Acceleration

Though gifted education advocates encourage the use of acceleration, a longstanding barrier has been the belief that the risk of stress and self-esteem issues that might come as a result outweigh the academic benefits.  Recently, however, a longitudinal study from Vanderbilt University’s Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth, found that these fears have little basis. 

The study, titled “Academic Acceleration in Gifted Youth and Fruitless Concerns Regarding Psychological Well-Being: A 35-year Longitudinal Study”, tracked the psychosocial wellbeing of students who took part in accelerated programs over the course of three and a half decades. The study found no significant long-term negative impacts to the participants either psychologically or socially because of their accelerated coursework as children and teenagers. 

We recently sat down with CTD Director and professor in Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy Paula Olszewski-Kubilius to get her insights on this research and its implications for talent development programming.  

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