NEW TRENDS ON GLOBAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE – GEC 2012, Girne, Turkey, 24 - 26 September 2012, pp.370
Grade skipping is a form of acceleration that is one of educational strategies used to cope with
the special needs of gifted students. Most of the research results show that grade-skipping has
many academic, social and emotional contributions for gifted children. Although it is useful
for gifted students, it is controversial issue in education area.
Ashton’s (1994) research result, which was about academic, social and emotional results of
grade skipping, showed that grade skipping had positive effects on all students but on the
other hand teachers and administrators had negative attitudes towards grade skipping at
schools. Grade skipping opportunity is provided for students who have high potential at
elementary level but secondary level student has no choice in Turkey. Also, there is not
enough empirical research about acceleration and grade-skipping in Turkey.
In this research, teachers’ attitudes towards grade skipping of gifted students will be
analyzed. Study will be carried out by the survey model. Questionnaire was prepared to learn
teachers’ attitudes and beliefs about grade skipping of gifted students. The research will be
conducted with teachers who work at elementary and high schools in Turkey. Obtained data
were evaluated through appropriate statistical analysis program