ERIC Number: ED224269
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Stewardship: Training the Gifted as Community Mentors. Programming for the Gifted Series.
The author describes the Mentor Academy Program (MAP) a skill-based model for training gifted high school students as mentors and thereby becoming leaders in processing information and networkers creating and sharing information. Chapter 1 offers historical and philosophical, gifted education, and high school perspectives to stewardship (the dual responsibility to self and others to realize potential). Five models for educating the gifted are compared: the social/survival model (activities are mostly games), the curriculum model (which emphasizes mastering the basics), enrichment (which extends the curricular model with options within and outside the school), stewardship (which involves students as leaders in the community), and Micronet (which combines stewardship with microcomputer technology). The MAP, particularly as it was developed at Lord Elgin High School (Ontario, Canada), is described in chapter 2. Five components of the program are discussed: orientation (which focuses on assessment and on a match of students with potential programs), networkshop (designed for skill acquisition in areas useful to becoming an effective mentor, steward, and networker), mentorship (in which students apply their newly acquired networking skills to working with mentors in the community), stewardship (during which the student engages in activities of service), and micronet (involving training the students to network their resources via microcomputer programing). A final chapter briefly addresses MAP outcomes including that students were better able to resolve problems arising from differentiated learning situations and students were better able to meet their own learning expectations for areas of interest. Appended are a grade 9 enrichment program proposal and a description of the LESS (Learning Enrichment Service by Students) program at Lord Elgin High School. (SW)
Descriptors: Community Programs, Enrichment, Gifted, High Schools, Mentors, Microcomputers, Program Descriptions, Program Development
The Council for Exceptional Children, Publication Sales, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091 (Publication No. 265, $4.00).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children, Reston, VA.