ERIC Number: ED404066
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Acceleration as a Means of Individualizing Instruction for Gifted Students in Rural Schools: A Preservice Rural Special Education Module.
Howley, Aimee; And Others
This teaching module instructs preservice teachers about accelerating the progress of rural gifted students. Acceleration consists of various provisions that allow early completion of school, including grade-skipping, cross-grade placement, early entry, dual attendance, special class placement, and radical acceleration. In rural areas, the practice of acceleration is especially critical because of its cost-effectiveness in comparison to enrichment programs. However, the literature suggests that rural teachers and administrators express many concerns about acceleration. Therefore, this module aims to prepare preservice teachers to address concerns about acceleration and to implement effective acceleration programs for rural gifted students. The first section outlines 7 goals and 25 objectives related to identifying the characteristics of rural gifted students, examining the pros and cons of acceleration, selecting supportive research, identifying ways in which acceleration can be accomplished, relating acceleration strategies to the needs of rural gifted students, identifying issues in educating rural disabled gifted students, and developing individualized educational plans that incorporate acceleration strategies. Also included is a multiple choice test that assesses preservice teachers' level of preparedness to use acceleration in rural gifted programs. The second section includes nine lesson plans that cover the goals and objectives of the module. Each lesson plan includes an introduction and goal statement, performance objectives, procedures, a list of needed materials, required and optional readings, and suggested means of assessment. The third section includes instructional materials to be used with lesson plans, including focusing questions, simulations, outlines, readings, transparency masters, quizzes, and answer keys. The last section lists required reading materials and 37 references. (LP)
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Acceleration (Education), Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Individualized Education Programs, Individualized Instruction, Learning Modules, Lesson Plans, Preservice Teacher Education, Rural Education, Rural Schools, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Student Characteristics, Student Placement
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Western Washington Univ., Bellingham. National Rural Development Inst.