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Gifted and Talented Education

  • By: Mara Ellen Sapon-Shevin
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Gifted and talented education takes many forms. Students labeled as gifted and talented are often served through the following practices and curricular options:

  • Enrichment: Students remain in general education classes, but receive extra material to challenge them. These can be modified assignments or the opportunity to participate in special programs such as Odyssey of the Mind, science fairs, and extra course offerings.
  • Curricular Compacting: Regular school material is compacted by skipping repeated exercises and by testing to determine what the student already knows and does not need to do again.
  • Acceleration: Students are advanced to higher-level classes that are covering more advanced material. This advancement may take the form of skipping grades or of completing the normal curriculum in a shorter period of time.
  • Segregated Gifted Pull-Out Programs: Students ...
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