ERIC Number: ED391344
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Dec-29
Reference Count: N/A
Richardson Study: Characteristics of Five Gifted Programs in Iowa.
Belcastro, Frank P.
This study was a follow-up to a 1993 study which surveyed Iowa school districts to compare types of programs for gifted students in Iowa with the 16 types found in a 1985 national survey (the Richardson study). The present study examined the five program types which the 1993 study identified as having a large number of characteristics significantly different from expectation, given the proportion of results. Significant characteristics of the following five program types are identified: (1) part-time special program; (2) independent study gifted program; (3) itinerant teacher gifted program; (4) mentorship gifted program; and (5) full-time special class gifted program. Characteristics that the programs shared are identified and recommendations offered. The paper concludes that: these five program types as used by Iowa schools fall short of principles of excellence; the part-time special class (pull-out program) should be replaced with the full-time special class; a version of the full-time special class should be provided for intellectually above-average students; and modular programs and supplementary materials should be used in teaching science to K-8 gifted students. The survey questionnaire is appended. (DB)
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Delivery Systems, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Followup Studies, Independent Study, Itinerant Teachers, Mentors, Resource Room Programs, Science Education, Special Classes, Special Programs, State Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa