Unique collaborative learning possibilities exist when there are a few academically talented or gifted students in a class. Under the right conditions they can advance socially, develop intellectually and make a contribution to the regular classroom. The research evidence from related fields is overwhelming: students of all ability levels learn more and have better attitudes toward others when they work together as a group (Wang and Walberg, 1985). Cooperative learning activities can help the gifted avoid boredom - while assisting regular students.
Adams, D. M., & Rotondi, M. A. (1990). Collaborative Learning: Gifted Students in the Regular Classroom. Reading Horizons, 30 (2). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol30/iss2/5