Although the best way to provide professional development for educators is through field experiences and hands-on practice, it is not always easy or even possible to organize such encounters, especially in the field of gifted education. In order to better prepare educators to work with gifted and talented students, Exploring Critical Issues in Gifted Education: A Case Studies Approach presents problem-based learning scenarios that explore authentic situations found in K-12 classrooms. The scenarios can be read and discussed in a short amount of time, allow the reader to gain greater understanding through empathy, require an analysis of multiple perspectives, and support the standards of excellence set forth in the 2010 NAGC Pre-K-Grade 12 Gifted Education Programming Standards. Using the cases in the book, educators will gain the insight needed to improve the identification of and services for gifted and talented students in light of these standards.
Table of Contents
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS FOREWORD by Susan K. Johnsen INTRODUCTION CHAPTER 1 Using Decision-Making Strategies to Analyze the Cases CHAPTER 2 Recognizing Learning and Developmental Differences CHAPTER 3 Assessing Learning Progress and Evaluating Services CHAPTER 4 Making Decisions Related to Curriculum and Instruction CHAPTER 5 Creating Safe and Productive Learning Environments CHAPTER 6 Providing a Continuum of Services CHAPTER 7 Planning for Professional Development REFERENCES APPENDICES Appendix A: NAGC PreK–Grade 12 Gifted Education Programming Standards Appendix B: Decision-Making Strategies Appendix C: Sample Case With Decision-Making Strategies ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Christine L. Weber, Ph.D., is a professor of Childhood Education, Literacy, and TESOL at the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville. She instructs teachers in strategies for conceptual teaching and learning, assessment tools, and meeting the needs of gifted learners. She has been a member of the Editorial Review Board for Gifted Child Today since 1998. Under her leadership, the Florida's Frameworks for K-12 Gifted Learners was developed in 2007 and disseminated to all school districts in the state. Dr. Weber has published numerous articles and presented at state, national, and international conferences. She currently serves as the Representative Assembly for CEC-TAG and Chair-elect for the NAGC Professional Development Network. She previously served as Cochair of Awards for the NAGC Research & Evaluation Network.
Cecelia Boswell, Ed.D., is an educator who has 40 years of experience in Texas education. She has worked with children from kindergarten through grade 12 as a teacher of migrant and gifted children and as a coach for UIL literary events. She has coordinated migrant services, ESL, bilingual, and gifted education.
Exploring Critical Issues in Gifted Education: A Case Studies Approach utilizes case studies to provide professional development in a nontraditional but effective way . . . The interactive format of the book allows for a thought-provoking journey en route to examining and understanding a plethora of issues and topics related to gifted education.,Gifted Child Today, 6/20/14