ERIC Number: ED201074
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
Project ASCENT: Mainstreaming Gifted and Talented in Early Childhood.
Ritchie, Shirley, Ed.
The manual describes Project ASCENT, a North Carolina project to provide support services to help early childhood teachers provide a differentiated curriculum for identified gifted children in the regular class. The chapter on program implementation considers such aspects as project goals, staff, funding, schools involved, the duties of the program director and the support teacher, and resources. The brief chapter on identification of gifted and talented students contains the North Carolina definition for gifted and talented children, a summary of the identification procedure, and questions for the children's interview. Staff training is considered in the third chapter which includes sections on goals of the project training program, both the inservice and University training programs, methods and activities used in inservice training, and the materials resource room. The longest chapter is on the curriculum and provides a brief description and lists of readings for the basic curriculum, the affective curriculum, the creative curriculum, and the differentiated curriculum. Sixteen specific curriculum activities are described, including making a terrarium, bookmaking and binding, studying micro organisms, learning about machines and tools, and appreciating literature and art. Parents and the community are discussed in Chapter 5 which includes information on using parents as resources, form letters used, and activities including camping and learning living history. The final chapter describes the evaluation component being used in the project which includes comparison with control schools to determine changes in teacher attitudes and teacher perception of students' gifts and talents. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Office for Gifted and Talented.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Div. for Exceptional Children.