ERIC Number: ED451663
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Cluster Grouping of Gifted Students: How To Provide Full-Time Services on a Part-Time Budget. ERIC Digest E607.
Winebrenner, Susan; Devlin, Barbara
This digest discusses research that documents the benefits of keeping gifted students together, the advantages and disadvantages of cluster grouping, and how to implement cluster grouping strategies. It argues that cluster grouping allows educators to come much closer to providing better educational services for groups of students with similar exceptional learning needs and that gifted students feel more comfortable when there are other students just like them in the class. Identification of gifted students for participation in the gifted cluster group is discussed, along with keeping progress records for gifted students in cluster groups and specific skills needed by cluster teachers. Cluster teachers should know how to recognize and nurture behaviors usually demonstrated by gifted students, create a learning environment in which all students will be stretched to learn, allow students to demonstrate and get credit for previous mastery of concepts, provide opportunities for faster pacing of new material, incorporate students' passionate interest into their independent studies, facilitate sophisticated research investigations and provide flexible grouping opportunities for the entire class. (CR)
Descriptors: Ability Identification, Cluster Grouping, Elementary Secondary Education, Gifted, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Homogeneous Grouping, Special Programs, Student Placement, Teacher Competencies, Teaching Methods
ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Council for Exceptional Children, 1110 North Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22201-5709. Tel: 800-328-0272 (Toll Free); e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.ericec.org.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Arlington, VA.