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Among models that have been developed to guide the development of educational programs for gifted and talented students, the Purdue model is one of the most flexible and powerful. It is a conceptual framework for both program and curriculum development in gifted education. The model is applicable to many settings and developmental levels; it develops creativity and academic talent, as well as motivational abilities such as persistence and long-term planning. Gifted students benefit from instruction based on the Purdue model, especially when they are grouped for instruction with other talented students who share their interests in advanced, interdisciplinary curriculum and self-directed learning.

The model was originally developed as a curriculum framework for undergraduate, university coursework. In 1978, John Feldhusen and Penny Britton Kolloff applied the model ...

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