ERIC Number: ED476370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Society's Role in Educating Gifted Students: The Role of Public Policy. Senior Scholars Series.
Gallagher, James J.
This monograph reviews the role played by public policy in the education of gifted students. It describes the special rule making in identification, placement, program, and accountability. These rules emerge from legislation, court decisions, administrative rule making, and professional standards. Special problems involving racial discrimination, acceleration, teacher supports, and parental options are discussed. Tensions raised by the two competing American values of equity and excellence are addressed. Five policies are recommended for fulfilling the nation's commitment to educating gifted students: (1) the development of multidimensional protocols for identification of gifted students; (2) the mandating of greater participation of minority students in programs for gifted students; (3) greater support for efforts to develop curricula for gifted students that are differentiated from the general curriculum; (4) development of evaluation procedures that focus on improved student performance on high-level tasks; and (5) more support services for teachers working with gifted students. (Contains 81 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Ability Identification, Access to Education, Court Litigation, Curriculum Development, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Gifted, Minority Group Children, Public Policy, Racial Factors, Special Education Teachers, Standards, Student Evaluation, Trend Analysis
National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, University of Connecticut, 2131 Hillside Rd., Unit 3007. Storrs, CT 06269-3007 (Order No. RM02162, $5) . Tel: 860-486-4676; Fax: 860-486-2900; Web site: http://www.gifted.uconn.edu.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Policymakers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, Storrs, CT.