The general assumption is always that gifted students need as little help as possible and perform at a maximum capacity in classroom settings. But there is new research that shows that even this group of students benefit from training and explanation to learn. Astonishingly enough, the benefits are the same for both types of groups, gifted and regular.
When children take tests or exams they do not perform at their peak levels. Nerves and lower ability to retain information could lead to poor performance on exams. Using a different approach where students’ progress is measured can counter this problem. Students can receive training during the tests, so teachers and other faculty, can get a better idea of their learning capabilities.
Training was given to a sample of students before, during and after an exam to measure progress. This was a better indicator of student performance than relying on them to do study themselves for an exam. This technique also indicated what kind of help these students needed to perform better on tests. In the end, all students made progress. The tests also confirmed that highly gifted students also benefitted from training an explanation just as much as regular students did. Also, this outcome showed that gifted students carried the same amount of progress than their regular peers did when given training and further explanation.
http://University of Leiden. “Highly gifted children benefit from explanation as much as their peers.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 18 January 2017. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170118082805.htm>.