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Like minds learning well together: Improving academic, social, and emotional outcomes for gifted students

Joanne Bate and Deb Clark


Gifted students benefit from time spent with like-minded peers. This article outlines the value of grouping gifted students together and looks at different ways this can be done. It also describes a research study conducted by Clark, one of the authors of this article. The research explores the academic, social and emotional benefits for students who attend Gifted Kids, a New Zealand withdrawal programme which caters for academically and creatively gifted students. Clark’s study found that attendance at Gifted Kids had cognitive, social and emotional benefits for gifted students, and that being together with like minds was a key element to their learning.

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