ERIC Number: ED417562
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Project SEARCH: Selection, Enrichment, and Acceleration of Rural Children. Final Report.
Swanson, Julie D.
This final report describes the activities of Project Search (Selection Enrichment and Acceleration of Rural Children), a project funded by a federal Javits grant to address the identification of young gifted and talented students from underrepresented populations and to develop a model for providing appropriate services for young, potentially gifted children. The project focused on three pilot school sites in rural areas of the Charleston County School District in South Carolina. All three school served a majority of African American children. The project began with kindergarten classrooms and then added second and third grade classrooms. By the end of the project, staff directly affected more than 450 students and 26 teachers and principals. Assessment instruments were used to evaluate students' intelligence, academics, creativity, and social leadership; student portfolios were also used for identification of the top 10-15 percent of students. The project developed an inclusive classroom model for nurturing giftedness that involved curriculum development and teacher training. Classroom strategies included higher level questioning and dialog, open-ended and project-based assignments, varied materials and hands-on activities with students, and opportunities for self-directed activities. The report includes the final dissemination packet on promising practices, information about assessment instruments, and an evaluation. (CR)
Descriptors: Ability Identification, Black Students, Classroom Techniques, Creativity, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Early Identification, Elementary School Students, Enrichment Activities, Gifted, Grants, Inclusive Schools, Inservice Teacher Education, Minority Group Children, Models, Primary Education, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Rural Schools, Student Evaluation, Talent, Talent Development
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: South Carolina State Dept. of Education, Columbia.; Charleston Coll., SC.
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina