ERIC Number: ED424708
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Professional Development Practices in Gifted Education: Results of a National Survey.
Westberg, Karen L.; Burns, Deborah E.; Gubbins, E. Jean; Reis, Sally M.; Park, Sunghee; Maxfield, Lori R.
This paper reports the results of a national survey that investigated the scope and nature of professional development practices in gifted education used in 1,231 school districts across the country. Professional development was defined on the survey as a planned program of learning opportunities to improve the performance of the administrative and instructional staff. Closed-ended statements were included in the following areas: mission and philosophy, needs assessments, goal setting, incentives, design of professional development practices, impact, topics, formats, scheduling, options, and providers. Each statement was followed by responses on a 4-point scale ranging from "not accurate" to "completely accurate." Results found: (1) a very small proportion of school districts' total professional development dollars is spent on gifted education topics; (2) gifted education specialists rarely provide professional development training to other faculty members within their school districts; (3) many districts do not take into account the needs of individual faculty members when designing professional development experiences in gifted education; (4) the majority of districts do not evaluate the impact of the professional development practices in gifted education; and (5) peer coaching between classroom teachers and gifted education teachers is seldom or never used to provide professional development. (CR)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Financial Support, Gifted, Inservice Teacher Education, National Surveys, Peer Teaching, Program Evaluation, Regular and Special Education Relationship, School Districts, Talent, Teacher Collaboration
National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, University of Connecticut, 362 Fairfield Road, U-7, Storrs, CT 06269-2007; Tel: 860-486-4676; Fax: 860-486-2900.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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.