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ERIC Number: EJ886914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1533-2276
Giftedness Perceptions and Practices of Teachers in Lithuania
Leavitt, Monita; Geake, John
Gifted and Talented International, v24 n2 p139-148 Dec 2009
This article reports on two of the first studies of post-Soviet reforms of gifted education in Lithuania. After a professional development (PD) programme was provided Lithuanian teachers to help them develop a list of characteristics of gifted children, define giftedness, and design a procedure for gifted identification, two qualitative studies examined: a) how teachers' perceptions of giftedness changed as a result of a Western professional development programme in gifted education that introduced the "Renzulli Three-Ring Conception of Giftedness"; and b) what gifted educational practices do teachers in an urban basic school know, practice, and recommend after the implementation of a systematic gifted identification process. Evidence for change in teachers' perceptions was gathered via pre-and post-surveys. In the follow-up case study at a basic school, the Screening Committee identified 19% or 84 of 450 pupils as "gifted." Observational and interview data from the case study school indicated that teachers from the PD programme felt more empowered to differentiate the curriculum for identified gifted pupils. (1) How have the Lithuanian teachers' perceptions of giftedness changed as a result of a Western professional development programme in gifted education that introduced the Renzulli "Three-Ring Conception of Giftedness Model"? (2) What gifted educational practices do Lithuanian teachers in an urban basic school know, practice, and recommend after the implementation of a systematic gifted identification process?
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: headquarters@world-gifted.org; Web site: https://world-gifted.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Lithuania