ERIC Number: ED233861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
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)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Art Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Demonstration Programs, Educational Innovation, Educational Objectives, German, Independent Study, Inservice Teacher Education, Mentors, Needs Assessment, Pretests Posttests, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Resource Teachers, Rural Schools, Secondary Education, Small Schools, Student Attitudes, Student Projects, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Role, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Baldwyn Separate School District, MS.
Identifiers: California Achievement Tests; Wiener Attitude Scale
Note: For related document, see RC 014 277.