ERIC Number: ED424710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Cluster Grouping Coast to Coast.
Schuler, Patricia A.
This paper discusses the results of a survey that investigated how 69 school districts associated with the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented were implementing cluster grouping to meet the intellectual, social, and emotional needs of gifted students. Results from the survey indicate: (1) the majority of school districts did not have an official policy on cluster grouping; (2) advantages of cluster grouping included cost effectiveness, increases in intellectual stimulation, the ability for students to move rapidly through the curriculum and work in their interest area, and teachers taking more responsibility for the needs of gifted children; and (3) disadvantages to cluster grouping included difficulty in the implementation process, lack of teacher training and funds for inservice, inability to meet the needs of highly gifted students, and resentment toward cluster teachers and gifted students. Recommendations for planning a cluster group are provided and include: develop criteria for selecting students, define the qualifications of and the selection process for the teachers, plan the differentiated experiences for the cluster of gifted students, and plan for support services and special resources. (CR)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Cluster Grouping, Elementary Secondary Education, Gifted, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Instructional Effectiveness, Program Implementation, School Districts, Student Needs, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes
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.