ERIC Number: ED211472
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Respecting the Pupil. Essays on Teaching Able Students.
Cole, Donald B., Ed.; Cornell, Robert H., Ed.
This collection of essays deals with teaching secondary school students who are academically gifted. These students have an unusual capacity to accomplish something; they have aptitude in some special areas. They have artistic or physical skills, or they are talented verbally, linguistically, or mathematically. The essays have a broad application, for many of the described modes of teaching are effective also for the less talented. The essays cover distinct subject areas and are arranged thematically. In Part I, essays stress the importance of the students in educating the talented. Part II emphasizes the importance of content and subject matter. Part III describes the use of inductive strategies and calls for teaching the process of investigation and discovery learning. In Part IV, teaching techniques are described in detail, and the necessity of allowing talented students to move rapidly is emphasized. Three essays are presented in the final section that focus on educating the whole student, not just training the mind or body. All of the essays stress the importance of student participation, both individually and as a group. In this student-centered education, students learn best if the teaching is open-ended and is a sophisticated blend of inductive and deductive processes. A number of the essays explore detailed techniques for teaching a given discipline. The basic philosophy expressed is that of a holistic education that deals with students morally as well as intellectually. (JD)
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Discovery Learning, Humanistic Education, Individual Development, Learning Processes, Secondary Education, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Characteristics, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods
The Phillips Exeter Press, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH 03833 ($6.95).
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH.