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ERIC Number: EJ959403
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1533-2276
Impact of Professional Development Programs for Teachers of the Gifted
Vidergor, Hava E.; Eilam, Billie
Gifted and Talented International, v26 n1-2 p143-161 2011
The aim of the present study was to assess the impact of the Israeli certification program for teachers of gifted children. Pre- and post-tests addressed Israeli teachers' perceptions of unique teaching-learning situations in pullout centers, the desired characteristics of teachers of the gifted, as well as knowledge of gifted and instructional related competencies acquired. The research sample comprised 147 teachers composing three groups: (a) PDTG teachers; (b) pullout center teachers; and (c) school teachers. Measures of perceptions were based on three instruments: (a) a questionnaire measuring level of collectivism; (b) an open-ended question about the teaching-learning situation and statements about desired cognitive, personal, and pedagogical characteristics of teachers of the gifted; and (c) a questionnaire measuring knowledge of gifted education and related competencies. Significant effects for group, interaction of group by culture, and type of program were detected in issues addressed. The study findings suggest a limited impact of certification programs. The study proposes a new lens for examining professional development programs, in particular as related to cultural orientations, and discusses practical implications for teacher certification programs. (Contains 8 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 - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel; United States