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The term acceleration is typically applied in the school context. What this means is that some students will begin topics in the curriculum at an earlier stage, cover the material at a faster pace, or complete topics earlier than other students in the same grade. One reason for this may be their high cognitive ability.

Forms of acceleration are, for instance, learners starting school at a younger age, skipping a grade, or taking part in junior studies. The primary aim of acceleration is to adapt learning content for children and adolescents with high cognitive abilities in such a way that it matches the students’ abilities. It is also often possible to adapt educational activities—even in Kitas—to a child’s individual level of development.

The authors Nicole Miceli and Anne-Kathrin Stiller have developed this glossary together with the Fachportal Team. The glossary was translated by Daniel Shatwell and edited by Lisa Trierweiler.