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Enrichment Theories

Many different enrichment theories have been proposed in the field of gifted education/enrichment during the last three decades. One of the first was the Renzulli enrichment triad model, developed by Joseph Renzulli in 1977. Renzulli believes that enrichment for gifted and high-potential students should include strategies for increasing student effort, enjoyment, and performance. He believes enrichment is an opportunity for integrating a range of advanced-level learning experiences and thinking skills into all curricular areas. Renzulli believes that gifted students possess the highest potential for advanced-level learning, creative problem solving, and the pursuit of rigorous and rewarding work; thus, enrichment should extend beyond having students merely acquire information. Schools, according to Renzulli, can and should be places for developing the talents of students. He believes that ...

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