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Saturday Programs

Considering the unique needs of gifted students, researchers and educators alike have supported the need for special academic programming for them. As schools are often unable to provide for these needs, special programs are routinely offered outside the normal school setting. One type of programming that remains popular with students and their parents is the Saturday enrichment courses offered through schools and universities. According to John Feldhusen, the founder of Purdue University's Super Saturday program, schools are often not equipped to offer gifted students the educational opportunities needed to meet their academic and social needs. However, because of the narrow focus afforded special Saturday programs, instructors are better able to match their curriculum to the specific needs and abilities of their gifted students. In addition, ...

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