ERIC Number: ED439874
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Mar-10
Rural Gifted Education: Enhancing Service Delivery.
Lewis, Joan D.
Devising appropriate service delivery for gifted individuals is never an easy task and is especially challenging in rural areas. Characteristics of rural schools may be both barriers and benefits to gifted education. Limited numbers may mean that programming options for gifted students are unfeasible, but small schools and classes make individuation for any student easier, teachers know their students well, and cross-age grouping may be an option. Limited resources may be a problem, but rural people often have learned to make creative use of what they have. Adherence to tradition may hinder recognition of the need for a differentiated curriculum, but shared values and a sense of community can create the safe environment that gifted learners need to blossom. Systematic planning is needed to develop a coherent set of services. Drawing on currently available provisions for gifted learners and on a needs assessment, the planning committee should design the basic components of the gifted program to be compatible with school and community needs. Components include: a definition that encompasses identified needs; a mission statement; identification process; objectives; framework drawn from one or more program models; and methods for service delivery. Grouping options are discussed, as well as the choice among enrichment options, acceleration options, and ability grouping. Other plan components include the scope and sequence of the gifted curriculum, program evaluation, and building community support. (Contains 16 references.) (SV)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Capitalizing on Leadership in Rural Special Education: Making a Difference for Children and Families. Conference Proceedings (Alexandria, VA, March 16-18, 2000); see RC 022 337.