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ERIC Number: ED213538
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 18
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Reference Count: 0
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Problems in Implementing Gifted/Talented Programs in 11 Rural Maine Schools.
Hamrin, Jeannie M.
To identify promising practices, issues, and problems concerning education for the gifted in Maine, 239 classroom teachers and 14 administrators from 11 school districts geographically distributed throughout the state responded to questionnaires which profiled teacher personal characteristics and styles, described the educational setting and resources, and characterized the 112 gifted children being served. All participating districts were small and rural and had established gifted programs within the last 3 years, with 9 of the programs being primarily the Renzuli Enrichment Triad Model. Identified as problems were: lack of institutional preparation (support services and administrative inertia), lack of definition of gifted/talented consultant and classroom teacher roles, lack of data on effectiveness of alternative program models, implementation in small rural areas, and funding. Findings indicated gifted program funding had quadrupled and the number of programs had doubled in the past 2 years, and, where gifted students were served effectively, it was due to an innovative and creative teacher/program facilitator who was devoted to the educational process for all students. Conclusions revealed that if teachers and administrators are the key to successful programs for gifted students, teacher training programs must initiate change at all levels for all schools, teachers, and students. Questionnaire results are included. (NEC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Maine