ERIC Number: ED420954
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
How To Develop an Authentic Enrichment Cluster.
Renzulli, Joseph S.
This paper describes how educators can develop authentic enrichment clusters to provide highly engaging learning activities that make schools enjoyable places for gifted students. Part 1 of the paper discusses the importance of authentic learning, in which the student applies relevant knowledge, thinking skills, and interpersonal skills to the solution of real problems. Enrichment clusters are described as opportunities for non-graded groups of students to come together for approximately one-half day per week to focus on the production of a mutually agreed on product or service that will have an impact on an intended audience. Students are brought together because they share common interests that bind them together and a willingness to work cooperatively within a relatively unstructured learning environment. The teacher's role as the facilitator of the cluster is highlighted. Part 2 of the paper discusses two key issues in developing enrichment clusters: (1) ensuring that an enrichment cluster does not become a mini-course; and (2) the teacher's role in escalating the content level of a cluster. Part 3 provides an enrichment cluster planning guide and describes the individual steps for planning an authentic enrichment cluster and for writing a cluster description. (CR)
Descriptors: Cluster Grouping, Cooperative Learning, Creative Activities, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrichment Activities, Gifted, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Problem Solving, Talent
National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, 362 Fairfield Road, U-7, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-2007; telephone: 860-486-4676; World Wide Web: http://www.gifted.uconn.edu
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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.