ERIC Number: ED213661
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
A Field Practicum for Teachers of Gifted Children: The South Carolina Experience. Current Issues.
Mulhern, John D.; Morris, Robert C.
A collaborative program between the University of South Carolina College of Education and Lexington County (South Carolina) School District Five provided gifted and talented students with a summer school session featuring acceleration and enrichment. Accompanying the program were graduate-level courses and practica for prospective teachers of gifted children and coordinators of programs for the gifted. The 1981 summer program consisted of six dimensions: (1) thinking skills and creative arts for kindergarten through second grade students; (2) study in graphics, dramatics, computers, photography, and the performing arts for fourth through eighth grade students; (3) field experiences for fourth through seventh grade students; (4) seventh grade seminars; (5) drama workshops for eighth through twelfth grade students; and (6) gifted education courses for teachers. A discussion of the fourth dimension of the summer program, the seventh grade seminars, describes criteria for identifying gifted students, and the general format of the program. The teacher practicum (sixth dimension) consisted of a series of formal and informal experiences that allowed the teachers to design and execute specific learning activities for gifted students. A profile of a gifted teacher is outlined and offers considerations of the personal and professional attributes that are necessary for a teacher of gifted children. A comparison is made of this program and similar programs at Purdue University, the University of South Florida, and three universities in England. Lesson plans for four curricular areas covered in the fourth dimension of the summer program are appended. (JD)
Descriptors: Acceleration, College School Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrichment Activities, Field Experience Programs, Gifted, Grade 7, Inservice Teacher Education, Lesson Plans, Master Teachers, Practicums, School Districts, Screening Tests, Special Education, Summer Programs, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Qualifications
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Teacher Education, Washington, DC.