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ERIC Number: ED233861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 121
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Gifted Model Designed for Gifted Students in a Small, Rural High School, 1980-1983.
Baldwyn Separate School District, MS.
Objectives of a model program (1980-83) for gifted students in a small rural high school in Baldwyn, Mississippi, were to improve teacher knowledge of gifted programs, demonstrate significant gains in student achievement, increase student skill/knowledge in specific areas, measure attitudes of "artistically talented" students by a year-end questionnaire, continue developing a model gifted program for rural school districts, and produce students who select vocational/academic careers based on program experiences. Innovative aspects were inservice training to help teachers work individually with gifted students, a "mentor approach" enabling students to work part-time in the community with a specialist in their interest area, and use of a computer for direct instruction and for programming individual study projects. Although the first-year program did not fulfill all objectives (student enthusiasm for year-long, research-oriented individual projects dwindled), second- and third-year changes (seven participating students each year) brought better results and more positive student responses. Successful components were a faculty committee to help develop student projects, project-oriented (not research-oriented) independent studies, increased student interaction with mentors, enlarged curriculum opportunities, one free day weekly for non-program interests, close teacher supervision/reinforcement, and use of the computer. Appendices include budget material, forms, questionnaires, and tests. (MH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Baldwyn Separate School District, MS.
Identifiers: California Achievement Tests; Wiener Attitude Scale
Note: For related document, see RC 014 277.