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ERIC Number: EJ781795
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 34
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3532
Policy and Practice: A Case Study of Gifted Education Policy Implementation
Swanson, Julie Dingle
Journal for the Education of the Gifted, v31 n2 p131-164 2007
In this case study, South Carolina's gifted education policy development, changes, and implementation are explored from three perspectives: policymakers, linkers, and adopters. Document review and individual and focus group interviews with policymakers, those who develop statute, regulation, and policy; linkers, district persons who implement policy; and adopters, school-based persons, comprised data sources. Research questions include how did general education reform create change in gifted education between 1984 and 2004? What were the primary influences? Locally, how was meaning made? General education reform produced a nonlinear process of gifted policy implementation, resources to develop gifted programs, and attention to equity and access issues. Primary change influences were leadership and political relationships. Required teacher endorsement created local impact. Need exists for curriculum policy development. (Contains 1 figure and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina