ERIC Number: ED298725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Flexible Pacing for Able Learners.
Daniel, Neil; Cox, June
The monograph describes the application of flexible pacing as a means of meeting the educational needs of gifted students in schools throughout the country. Flexible pacing is defined as placing students at an appropriate instructional level and allowing them to move forward in the curriculum as they master content and skills. Flexible pacing is achieved by such methods as continuous progress, compacted course, advanced level courses, grade skipping, early entrance, concurrent or dual enrollment, and credit by examination. An introductory chapter looks at the historical and theoretical context of flexible pacing and gives a brief explanation of the canvassing and survey methods used to obtain data. The next two chapters describe flexible pacing programs in 8 elementary and 11 secondary schools. Chapter 5 looks at district-wide programs for all students or all gifted students and finds six such school systems. The next chapter examines cooperative programs between schools, colleges, or other educational institutions. The seventh chapter discusses selected features of flexible pacing including school policy, strategies of implementation, staff selection/development, and record keeping. A staff development program to prepare teachers for flexible pacing in mathematics is described in the eighth chapter, contributed by Kathleen Martin. The concluding chapter identifies principles of implementation including capitalizing on what is available, initiating a program gradually, and winning support. The survey form and a sample program description are appended. (DB)
Descriptors: Acceleration (Education), Advanced Courses, Early Admission, Educational Methods, Elementary Secondary Education, Flexible Progression, Gifted, Program Development, Program Implementation
The Council for Exceptional Children, Publication Sales, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091 ($12.50, $10.00 members; Publication No. 328).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children, Reston, VA.