ERIC Number: ED369601
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Potpourri of Resources To Tap Gifted Education in Rural Areas.
Savage, Luise; Werner, Judy
This paper addresses problems in providing educational services to gifted students in rural areas and discusses feasible solutions. Rural schools face numerous obstacles such as small numbers of identified gifted students; limited resources and funding; locations distant from universities, libraries, and cultural activities; difficulty in obtaining trained personnel; and differences in cultural values. Rural schools need to explore programming options such as developing regional centers for gifted programs, providing opportunities for students to participate in independent study, matching gifted students with mentors, developing residential programs, and holding regional or national academic competitions. Capitalizing on the strengths of the rural community entails creating a database of community resources, implementing oral history projects, and encouraging student involvement in community problem-solving projects. The use of available technology such as videotapes, telecommunications, videodiscs, interactive television, and distance learning programs can alleviate the isolation of rural schools. Equally important is the need for teachers of gifted students to develop a professional network to provide support to their programs, and to have opportunities to receive ongoing training through regional workshops, summer institutes, distance learning, and correspondence courses. School districts and individual teachers of the gifted need encouragement and professional networking to locate solutions that are best for their local communities. (LP)
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Note: In: Montgomery, Diane, Ed. Rural Partnerships: Working Together. Proceedings of the Annual National Conference of the American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) (14th, Austin, Texas, March 23-26, 1994); see RC 019 557.