ERIC Number: EJ975973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 1
Can Gifted Education Fit in the World of the Pre-Service Teacher?
Bangel, Nancy J.; Calvert, Eric C.
Understanding Our Gifted, v17 n1 p13-16 Fall 2004
Some gifted students are fortunate to receive nearly full-time instruction in classrooms with gifted peers, led by teachers specially trained to meet their needs; however, the overwhelming majority of gifted students spend most of the school day in classrooms with students of all levels of ability led by teachers with little or no training in gifted education. This creates a great need for colleges of education to help all teachers entering the classroom to understand and meet the needs of gifted students. Few teachers advance their knowledge of gifted education through the endorsement, licensure, and/or graduate programs. This leaves the gifted students with well-intentioned but untrained teachers. The Gifted Education Resource Institute at Purdue University (GERI) considers it essential to offer programs that advance the knowledge of pre-service teachers, in addition to those at the graduate level, in the characteristics and needs of gifted learners. GERI provides direct instructional opportunities with gifted students through participation in the Purdue Super Saturday Program. As an enrichment program for preschool through grade 8, the Purdue Super Saturday Program offers an advanced learning environment for both the students and their instructors. The goals of the program include accelerated, challenging curriculum for gifted students while providing exposure to teachers, both pre-service and certified, interested in increasing their knowledge of appropriate pedagogical practices.
Descriptors: Schools of Education, Academically Gifted, Enrichment Activities, Enrichment, Teaching Methods, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Student Relationship, Gifted, Elementary Education, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana