About This Chapter
Concerns & Controversies in Gifted Education - Chapter Summary
As you move through this chapter, you will find practical information about the following:
- Detailed text lessons that identify the advantages and disadvantages of classifying gifted students
- Brief self-assessments you can take to measure your understanding of how grouping students according to their abilities can be a drawback
- Bold vocabulary words that are associated with the reason for the lack of advocacy for gifted students
How It Helps
- Analyzes effects: Because you will learn about the effects of of labeling or classifying gifted students, you will be better able to make the decision of whether to use the method in your class.
- Explains rationale: Your understanding of the reason why students are often grouped together according to their ability will help you determine when to use the method in your class.
- Offers ideas for involvement: Your knowledge of the importance of advocacy within gifted education will help you develop activities and techniques to involve advocates for your gifted students.
By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Grasp the reason why there is controversy surrounding the labeling of gifted students
- Understand how grouping students based on their ability can enhance or decrease learning
- Recognize and meet the need for advocacy among gifted students
1. Labeling Gifted Students: Pros & Cons
Labeling gifted students can introduce many positive and negative issues. This lesson will discuss the pros and cons of labeling these students and will end with a brief quiz to see what you have learned.
2. Ability Grouping in Education: Pros & Cons
Placing students into learning groups with students of similar ability is the practice known as ability grouping or tracking. Learn more about the pros and cons of ability grouping, and test your knowledge with quiz questions.
3. Advocating for Gifted Students
When the opportunity to teach the gifted student in the classroom presents itself, the parents, teachers, and administrators all have a role to play in advocating for the best education for this student. This lesson presents some specific strategies to help meet this goal.
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