Political and Academic Issues Facing Gifted Students


This course has been designed to help educators to understand the beliefs and misconceptions about the political, academic, social and personal decisions related to gifted and high-ability students. This course is intended to uncover the reasons contributing to both the achievement and underachievement of gifted and high-ability students. Learning theories and teaching practices that contribute to nurturing and/or denying the realization of potential in both gifted and all other students will be examined for their implications to develop curriculum, improve pedagogical practices and design the intellectual environment of a classroom. Relationships with peers, parents, community members and policy makers that foster the multiple dimensions of gifted and high ability students of cultural, linguistic and economic diversity are areas of study in this course. An outcome for course participants is to become an “educational leader” in the field of gifted education, meaning a teachers of the gifted, coordinators of gifted services, counselors working with gifted students, curriculum developers, professional development consultants or advocates.