ERIC Number: ED315959
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of the Effects of Formats for the Delivery of Gifted/Talented Instruction in the Southwest Allen School Corporation.
Gilman, David Alan
The study investigated the effectiveness of and attitudes toward two delivery systems (an enrichment pull-out program and a self-contained classroom) for gifted/talented instruction in Southwest Allen County, Indiana. The effects on fifth-grade students (N=38) enrolled in the program and sixth-grade students (N=45) who had experienced the program 1 year prior were compared. A quantitative study compared students' performance on the Developing Cognitive Abilities Test (DCAT) and writing samples. Results indicated that, although some writing sample scores from fifth-grade students were significantly higher for students in enrichment pull-out programs, the differences did not retain their significance when scores were adjusted for differences in ability. The sixth-grade results demonstrated that students in the self-contained classroom had significantly higher scores on the quantitative subtest and on the total DCAT when their scores were compared to the enrichment pull-out. A qualitative study involving administrators, teachers, students, and parents found that the community preference for a delivery system was influenced by the past experiences of parents, by the affinity of parents toward the neighborhood school, and by the number of gifted/talented students in the school attendance district. Appendices contain admission policies and gifted curriculum, survey instruments, subjects' scores, and writing samples. Contains 11 references. (Author/JDD)
Descriptors: Community Attitudes, Delivery Systems, Enrichment Activities, Gifted, Instructional Effectiveness, Intermediate Grades, Parent Attitudes, Performance Factors, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Resource Room Programs, Special Classes, Student Evaluation, Talent, Teacher Attitudes, Writing Improvement
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southwest Allen School Corp., Fort Wayne, IN.
Note: For related document, see EC 222 709.