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ERIC Number: ED233847
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
A Gifted Model Designed for Gifted Students in a Small, Rural High School. Post-Evaluation Design 1981-82.
Baldwyn Separate School District, MS.
Goals of a model program for seven gifted students in a small rural high school in Baldwyn, Mississippi, were to improve teacher knowledge of gifted programs and increase student knowledge and skills through a mentor program and individual projects. Innovative aspects of the program during 1981-82 were inservice training to aid teachers in working individually with gifted students, a mentor program for students to work part-time in the community under specialists in their areas of interest, and a computer for direct instruction of students and for programming individual study projects. A related component was a special art program for artistically talented students. Results were assessed with the Wiener Attitude Scale (to determine teacher attitude), the California Achievement Test (CAT--to measure student achievement in reading, math, language and spelling), teacher/mentor questionnaires (to measure knowledge/skills acquired by students), and individual evaluations of participating students. Pre- and post-tests indicated general teacher satisfaction with the program; no significant student gain in CAT scores; notable individual student gains on specific area tests (computer programming, typing, German, brain dominance, sculpture, racing cars) developed by the mentors/advisors; and more enthusiasm about the program from mentors/advisors than from teachers. (MH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academically Gifted, Art Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Demonstration Programs, Educational Innovation, Educational Objectives, High Schools, Inservice Teacher Education, Mentors, Paraprofessional Personnel, Pretests Posttests, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, Small Schools, Teacher Attitudes, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Baldwyn Separate School District, MS.
Identifiers: California Achievement Tests; Wiener Attitude Scale