ERIC Number: ED379846
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
An Observational Study of Instructional and Curricular Practices Used with Gifted and Talented Students in Regular Classrooms. Research Monograph 93104.
Westberg, Karen L.; And Others
This report describes one part of the Classroom Practices Study, focusing on systematic observations of gifted and talented students in 46 third and fourth grade classrooms. The observations were designed to determine if and how teachers meet the needs of gifted and talented students in regular classroom settings. The Classroom Practices Record (CPR) instrument was developed to document the types of differentiated instruction that these students receive through modifications in curricular activities, materials, and teacher-student verbal interactions. Descriptive statistics and chi-square procedures were used to analyze the CPR data. Results indicated that little differentiation in the instructional and curricular practices, including grouping arrangements and verbal interactions, was provided for gifted and talented students in regular classrooms. Across 5 subject areas and 92 observation days, gifted students received instruction in homogeneous groups only 21 percent of the time, and the target gifted and talented or high ability students experienced no instructional or curricular differentiation in 84 percent of the instructional activities in which they participated. The observation manual used in the study is appended, as are a list of observers, a training exercise for conducting observations, and an observation coding guide. (Contains 76 references.) (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Classroom Observation Techniques, Classroom Techniques, Educational Practices, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Grade 3, Grade 4, Individualized Instruction, Mainstreaming, National Surveys, Statistical Analysis, Talent, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods
NRC/GT, The University of Connecticut, 362 Fairfield Rd., U-7, Storrs, CT 06269-2007.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, Storrs, CT.