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The state of gifted education in Nebraska


2007 2007

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Abstract (summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine the current status of gifted education in the state of Nebraska and to determine the extent to which the school districts' programs align with best practices, as determined by a review of the existing literature. The study identified and evaluated specific gifted and talented program components that were compared with the practices recommended in the gifted and talented program literature. Areas of evaluation included student identification methods, program options, staff development, and program evaluation.

Of the 252 public school districts in Nebraska, 203 districts submitted gifted program plans. Data were obtained by examining each of the district plans with the use of the rubric and checklist instruments created by the researchers. Rubrics were set forth with rating scales to determine exemplary, minimum, or non-existent program standards. Checklists were used to provide specific criteria about each program plan. Data were analyzed using frequency counts, percentages, and cumulative percentages.

Based on the research findings, the following conclusions were drawn by the researchers as they relate to current gifted program components of identification, staff development, program options, and program evaluation: (1) A majority of school districts rely on staff with limited knowledge of gifted/talented learners in the nomination process and use identification measures that are limiting and narrow in scope. (2) Most Nebraska school districts provide some type of services for these students, yet they vary greatly from district to district. (3) Staff development in the area of gifted education is a weak component in Nebraska school districts. (4) To evaluate gifted programs, it was noted most school districts utilized a formative evaluation process to guide their programs.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Special education;
Curricula;
Teaching
Classification
0529: Special education
0727: Curricula
0727: Teaching
Identifier / keyword
Education; Gifted; Nebraska
Title
The state of gifted education in Nebraska
Author
Stelk, Wanda L.
Number of pages
206
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0138
Source
DAI-A 68/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
Walter, L. James
University/institution
The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Department
Educational Studies
University location
United States -- Nebraska
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3260513
ProQuest document ID
304840118
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304840118
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