Research paper: Current research examining the pros and cons of grouping and accelerating gifted learners

Edited on October 11, 2018

The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA, 2008) stated that in order for there to be equity and excellence in schooling, all young Australians should become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens. Goal One of the Declaration outlined that all Australian governments and all school sectors must promote a culture of excellence in all schools, by supporting schools to provide challenging, and stimulating learning experiences and opportunities to enable all students to explore and build on their gifts and talents and to also promote personalised learning that aims to fulfil the diverse capabilities of each young Australian and Goal Two of the Declaration added the reminder that successful learners are motivated to achieve their full potential. It is important then for teachers and schools to understand that these directives are underpinned by ongoing research in the fields of general and gifted education.