ERIC Number: ED386832
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Gifted Learners and the Middle School: Problem or Promise? ERIC Digest E535.
Tomlinson, Carol Ann
This information digest provides an overview of some areas of agreement between the fields of gifted education and middle school education, some areas of tension, and some promising directions that could engage educators in mutual planning of appropriate services for all middle school students, including the gifted. Shared beliefs include the value of instruction that is theme based, is interdisciplinary, and fosters student self-direction and independence. Problems between gifted and middle-level education exist in the areas of excellence versus equity, emphasis on heterogeneity, use of labels, ambiguity about appropriate middle school curricula, use of cooperative learning as an instructional strategy, attention to affective needs of early adolescents, and general tension. For each problem area, promising directions are listed, such as emphasizing appropriately differentiated instruction in heterogeneous classrooms, emphasizing problem-based strategies rather than skill-focused strategies in cooperative learning activities, planning for both achievement and belonging for advanced learners, and acknowledging strengths and contributions of both practices. (Contains 18 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Cooperative Learning, Curriculum Development, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices, Equal Education, Excellence in Education, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Heterogeneous Grouping, Inclusive Schools, Interdisciplinary Approach, Intermediate Grades, Interprofessional Relationship, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Needs
ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091-1589 ($1 each; minimum order $5 prepaid).
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 Disabilities and Gifted Education, Reston, VA.