A COMPARATIVE REVIEW STUDIES OF GIFTEDNESS

Differences in intelligence have been known for recorded human history, but the development of early intelligence tests by Alfred Binet led to the Stanford-Binet IQ test developed by Lewis Terman. Terman began long-term studies of gifted children with a view to checking if the popular view “early ripe, early rot” was true. The Terman Genetic Studies of Genius longitudinal study has been described by successor researchers who conducted the study after Terman’s death and also by an independent researcher who had full access to the study files. Modern studies by James and Kulik conclude that gifted students benefit least from working in a mixed-level class, and benefit most from learning with other similarly advanced students in accelerated or enriched classes.

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