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ERIC Number: EJ1057981
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 43
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 77
ISSN: EISSN-1918-5979
Accelerating Gifted Students in Canada: Policies and Possibilities
Kanevsky, Lannie S.; Clelland, Debbie
Canadian Journal of Education, v36 n3 p229-271 2013
Policy documents related to gifted education and 18 forms of accelerated learning practices were collected from all Canadian provinces and territories. Where they were found, policies continue to be permissive and flexible. "Explicit" support for gifted education and acceleration was strongest in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, provinces with categorical orientations to exceptional learners. Additional opportunities to advance learners also existed in these and all jurisdictions because "potentially" accelerative practices were supported, such as correspondence courses and mentoring. In order to address the needs of students who know more and learn more quickly than their peers, intentional, flexible interpretation, and implementation of permissive policies are becoming increasingly important as jurisdictions' philosophies and documentation in special education become less categorical and more inclusive.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada