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ERIC Number: ED515861
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 163
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1096-8883-2
The Academic Community's Perceptions of Gifted Education
Childers, Dennis M., Sr.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Phoenix
The purpose of this qualitative grounded theory research study was to explore the perceptions of the academic community regarding gifted education using a grounded theory technique. Parents, teachers, and administrators shared their viewpoints concerning gifted education in terms of needs and support, resistance to objections, social value, rejection, ability grouping, school acceleration, pedagogy, motivation, and parental involvement. All together, 47% of the respondents had positive attitudes toward gifted education while 53% maintained ambivalent attitudes toward gifted education. The teacher and administrator respondents agreed that teachers need knowledge and expertise in gifted education in order to be most effective with gifted students. The respondents agree that gifted students need special consideration in order to develop their talents. Future research should include examination into attitudes of the public regarding gifted education as well as information directly from gifted students. Future research should also examine the possibility of new educational legislation that will encourage high-quality education for all students including realistic assessments and practical accountability for all schools and examine specific programs for gifted students to determine which constitute best practices toward gifted education. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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