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Chapter 5: Acceleration and Compaction
Acceleration and Compaction
Before we begin this chapter in full, it is important to understand what we mean by ‘acceleration’ and ‘compaction’.
Acceleration involves pushing students through the standard curriculum at an accelerated rate. The purpose of acceleration is ‘to move students through the curriculum at rates faster than typical or at ages younger than usual’ (Colangelo & Assouline, in Shavenina, 2009: 1085).
Compaction is where the curriculum is compacted, with material deemed unnecessary for the most ...