ERIC Number: ED344404
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Gifted Students and Educational Reform.
Gallagher, James J.
This paper examines gifted education in the context of current educational reform efforts. It offers a rationale for the differentiated education of gifted students based on American values and equitable allocation of educational resources. Examples are offered of curriculum content modification for math, science, language arts, and social studies which utilize four approaches: (1) acceleration, (2) enrichment, (3) sophistication, and (4) novelty. The relationship of gifted education to the America 2000 program and to the six national education goals is noted. The paper then reviews major reform efforts in the areas of accountability, the middle school concept, and cooperative learning. Issues remaining to be solved are also identified and include personnel preparation, unidentified students (e.g., the culturally different), curricular options, strategies and metathinking, and the value of the term, "gifted", itself. (31 references) (DB)
Descriptors: Ability Identification, Acceleration (Education), Accountability, Cooperative Learning, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrichment Activities, Gifted, Middle Schools, Resource Allocation, School Restructuring, Talent, Talent Identification, Teacher Education, Trend Analysis, Values
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Challenges in Gifted Education: Developing Potential and Investing in Knowledge for the 21st Century; see EC 301 131.