Diversity or, more specifically, the lack of success in achieving it, in gifted and talented education programs has been and continues to be one of the major issues facing administrators, academics, and policymakers at all levels. Defining what is meant by diversity is also frequently a topic of debate. The range of definitions provides a good baseline for this brief discussion of the topic. Diversity can be defined using ethnic, subject matter, cultural, level of intellectual precociousness, gender, multiply challenged, and many other domains. Each of these is an equally appropriate area of concern for educators in the field.

Individual Differences

Most gifted education programs are designed to identify and provide alternate educational opportunities for those who demonstrate academic excellence. They are designed to identify those ...

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