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ERIC Number: EJ959392
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-1533-2276
Learning to be a Teacher of the Gifted: The Importance of Examining Opinions and Challenging Misconceptions
Plunkett, Margaret; Kronborg, Leonie
Gifted and Talented International, v26 n1-2 p31-46 2011
In Australia, most teachers enter the profession without having completed any dedicated studies pertaining to gifted education, yet many go on to teach gifted students. There is a substantive body of research supporting the value of professional learning in enhancing attitudes and practices that are conducive to appropriate provisioning for gifted students. In 2008, Monash University began offering a new elective in gifted education which by the end of 2010 had been completed by almost 500 pre-service teachers. This article reports on research conducted with 332 of those participants, using Gagne and Nadeau's (1985) Opinionnaire and a reflective journal. Findings illustrate a strong positive growth in opinions relating to gifted education, particularly in regard to social justice. Respondents' reflections suggest that access to research and literature on giftedness had been instrumental in assisting pre-service teachers to challenge their previous opinions, many of which they now regarded as uninformed misconceptions. (Contains 6 figures and 6 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: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia