ERIC Number: ED308060
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Building Academically Strong Gifted Programs in Rural Schools. ERIC Digest.
Luhman, Anna; Fundis, Ronald
This ERIC Digest discusses relevant issues and alternatives for rural school districts trying to develop strong programs for their most academically talented students. Although rural schools are more often constrained by high costs and material shortages than are urban schools, there are opportunities inherent in the lower teacher-student ratios and higher student involvement typical of small rural schools (Nachtigal, 1982). Programs for gifted students should address substantive academic goals, including: (1) bringing students' achievement closer to full potential; (2) ensuring that gifted students in outlying schools are identified and have access to appropriate services; and (3) improving access to advanced courses for talented high school students. Implementing rural gifted programs requires sensitive work with parents, other rural teachers and administrators, and with institutions other than the school district. A stable staff is necessary to assure rural parents and administrators that gifted programs are important and necessary (Howley, Howley, & Pendarvis, 1986). While rural schools often lack resources needed for comprehensive gifted programs, program development is probably best expanded from an academic/acceleration model over a period of time (Howley, 1986). For elementary students, acceleration can be accomplished within the school through a wide variety of means. Networking with colleagues in a variety of settings can open up new opportunities for teachers and administrators to share resources, develop programs, and improve service delivery. Curriculum can be improved by linking with colleges, laboratories, or performing arts programs through electronic media, computers, and telecommunications networks. This digest offers several resource ideas for rural educators. It contains 10 references. (TES)
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Acceleration (Education), Access to Education, Advanced Students, Cooperative Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Institutional Cooperation, Outreach Programs, Program Development, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Rural Schools, Telecommunications
ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Appalachia Educational Laboratory, Inc., P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325 (free).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Charleston, WV.