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ERIC Number: EJ919680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1533-2276
Curriculum Transformation: The Israeli Teacher Certification in Gifted Education
Vidergor, Hava E.; Eilam, Billie
Gifted and Talented International, v25 n2 p29-51 Dec 2010
The aim of the present study was to assess Israeli certification program for teachers of gifted taking its initial steps in 5 locations. Research sample comprised 40 stakeholders. Goodlad's model of curriculum transformation constituted a framework for describing the various programs as they change from the Ministry to the teachers studying them. Data concerning the different facets suggested by Goodlad were collected via semi-structured and deep interviews, analysis of documents, and classroom observations. Significant differences were found between the two types of certification programs in four of the five facets of curriculum: (a) formal--referring to Ministry rationale and program design and structure; (b) perceived--referring to local program design, and program coordinator's role; (c) operational--referring to enactment of perceived curriculum by lecturer, and contents taught; and (d) experienced-- referring to learners' perception regarding program contribution and disadvantages. Study findings suggest that both types of certification programs, although taking a different approach, experienced difficulties along curriculum transformation. The study proposes factors for examining curriculum transformation in certification programs, and discusses practical implications for future consideration. (Contains 5 tables.)
World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. Western Kentucky University, Gary A. Ransdell Hall, 1906 College Heights Boulevard #11030. Tel: 270-745-4123; Fax: 270-745-6279; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel