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ERIC Number: EJ886885
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1533-2276
Using Learning Journeys to Develop a Challenging Curriculum for Gifted Children in a Nursery (Kindergarten) Setting
Coates, David; Thompson, Wendy; Shimmin, Andrew
Gifted and Talented International, v23 n1 p97-104 Aug 2008
Recognising and nurturing giftedness in young children presents an important challenge to educators. This study sets out to identify and support gifted children through the provision of a rich learning environment in the Nursery (Kindergarten) setting. Practitioners in the Nursery aimed to provide cognitively challenging activities appropriate to children's needs. Learning Journeys (or stories) were developed as a way of recording and then responding to children's interests and motivations. Learning journeys can be described as observational narratives which are more systematic than an anecdotal daily record. They include everything the child does and says whilst involved in an activity. This study found that gifted children's Learning Journeys allowed insights into the types of provision which presented both challenge for them and other children in the Nursery.
World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. The University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E9, Canada. Tel: 204-789-1421; Fax: 204-783-1188; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A