ERIC Number: ED115060
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Raising Consciousness of Key Publics About the Needs of Gifted and Talented.
Olson, Thomas A.
Presented is the report of a 1974 planning conference on raising public consciousness about the needs of the gifted and talented (GT). Noted are the following major conference purposes: to increase interorganizational awareness of activities to expand opportunities for GT individuals, to identify mechanisms for improving public awareness of GT needs, and to identify critical messages and constraints in communicating with key audiences. Cited are constraints (mistaken assumptions) which prevent commitment to and implementation of better programs and services for GT children (such as lack of public understanding that GT pupils need special differentiated help; that special services need not be costly; that programs can be provided within the educational mainstream; and that GT students exist among various racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups). Stressed is the need for advocacy and communication efforts to be targeted to key state and local decision makers (such as board of education members and legislators), parents, and regular classroom teachers. Recommendations for further action include development and distribution of a communication matrix (a sample matrix chart is provided) of GT advocacy organizations together with solicitation of input from key representatives outside the advocacy groups. The conference agenda and a list of participants are appended. (LH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National/State Leadership Training Inst. on the Gifted and Talented, Los Angeles, CA.
Note: Report of a National Planning Conference (New York, New York, December 9, 1974)