ERIC Number: ED249234
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Elementary and Junior High Gifted Programs as Seen by Students, Parents and Teachers/Administrators, 1983. RR-47.
Peterson, Sarah; And Others
This report presents the results of an evaluation of the Mesa Public Schools Gifted/Extended Learning Program. The gifted program offers a one day per week program at 13 sites for qualifying students in grades 3-6 and specific classes for the students at all junior and senior high schools. Attitudinal data were collected for parents, teachers, administrators, and students who participated in these programs 1980-82. The results indicated a strong need for services and/or programs beyond the regular classroom for gifted elementary children. The Mesa program was rated as above average to excellent by a majority of respondents. The current method of implementing the elementary program was the preferred method. The groups surveyed also viewed a number of the process variables in a positive light. It is recommended that no significant changes be made in the elementary program. The junior high program was rated highly by a majority of parents and students; however, less than fifty per cent of teachers and administrators judged the program as excellent or above average. They questioned the motivational factor of the program, the relevance of all activities, and whether students' individual needs were being met in the classroom. Some minor changes in the junior high program are recommended. (BW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Mesa Public Schools, AZ. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.