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ERIC Number: EJ1062464
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 91
ISSN: ISSN-1598-1037
Academic Talent Development Programs: A Best Practices Model
Gagné, Françoys
Asia Pacific Education Review, v16 n2 p281-295 Jun 2015
This article aims to describe how schools should structure the development of academic talent at all levels of the K-12 educational system. Adopting as its theoretical framework the "Differentiating Model of Giftedness and Talent," the author proposes (a) a formal definition of academic talent development (ATD) inspired by the principles and practices adopted in education, music, and sports and (b) seven constitutive characteristics of exemplary talent development programs. He develops his proposal around an enriched K-12 curriculum as its keystone component. Other characteristics recommend that school administrators make this curriculum available on a daily basis, as early as the kindergarten level, to selected high-achieving students; they would belong to full-time high-ability groups. The author argues that most current so-called gifted programs, mainly exemplified by pullout classes and regular classroom enrichment, have little to do with "proper" academic talent development. The article ends with a brief survey of existing ATD programs and a look at future implementation problems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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