Instructional management, described in this entry, deals with coordinating the flow of information in a school system, arranging the grouping and movement of students, organizing the processes of learning, and planning how the scope and sequence of the curriculum is implemented. Teachers manage these routine educational processes everyday. Providing education for gifted students puts special demands on normal instructional management and requires extra skills from the teacher. In particular, the needs of gifted, creative, and talented students require curriculum adaptations such as acceleration and differentiation.

Calls for accountability in education have increased dramatically in recent years, leading to an increased need to justify decision making, including determining the eligibility for special programs. Gifted and talented classes are often perceived as offering unique and desirable opportunities, and ...

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