Differentiating Cooperative Learning to Meet the Needs of Gifted Learners: A Case for Transformational Leadership

  title={Differentiating Cooperative Learning to Meet the Needs of Gifted Learners: A Case for Transformational Leadership},
  author={John A. Ross and Elizabeth M. Smyth},
  journal={Journal for the Education of the Gifted},
  pages={63 - 82}
Cooperative learning activities, which assign gifted learners to mixed-ability groups, have been validly decried as exploitation. But a case can be made that mixed-ability grouping provides opportunities for gifted students to develop transformational leadership skills, an element of gifted education that has been given insufficient attention. Observations of interactions in mixed-ability groups reveal three persistent challenges (inclusiveness, enacting the ideal, and monitoring growth) in… 

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