ERIC Number: ED307777
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Contemporary Issues in Gifted Education.
Dryden, Julia I.; Gallagher, Shelagh A.
This paper was prepared as an introduction to the proceedings of a 1988 Conference on Academic Talent. The paper summarizes current National Science Foundation (NSF) policy in regard to the development of new science and mathematics curricula and describes the work of the Duke University Talent Identification Program in its efforts to reach and foster the talent of gifted youth. NSF concerns about existing curricula are discussed, and two strategies being used by NSF are identified: (1) upgrading curricula through widespread, incremental, short-term investments, and (2) implementing radical, long-term improvements by searching for the state of the art and "breakthroughs" in instructional strategies. Also included is an overview of the conference presentations, highlighting the salient points of each. Major themes of the presentations include: scientific curiosity and the integration of systems, theory and research in academic talent, educational and legislative policy in support of education for the gifted, and descriptions of programs to nurture the talent of children. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Dreyden, Julia I. Ed.; And Others. Developing Talent in Mathematics, Science and Technology: A Conference on Academic Talent (Durham, North Carolina, March 28-30, 1988); see EC 220 285.