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What is Jacob Javits Gifted and Talented Education Act

Identifying, Describing, and Developing Teachers Who Are Gifted and Talented
Originally passed as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, this act provides some funding to achieve research to determine best practices in educating gifted children. Grants are awarded to higher education institutions and/or state/local educational agencies in an effort to provide innovative research-based programs to gifted students, with a particular focus on underrepresented populations.
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The Twice-Exceptional (2E) Truth: The Complex Characteristics and Needs of 2E Preservice Teachers in Postsecondary Settings
Mary Haspel (Monmouth University, USA) and Tracy Mulvaney (Monmouth University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5879-8.ch019
There is a common misconception that if an individual is gifted, it is an “all around” giftedness, wherein exceptional attributes are readily demonstrated across all domains and contexts. However, giftedness can be isolated to a specific domain, while an individual may experience challenges in another. These challenges, depending upon the severity and domain area, can easily overshadow an individual's abilities. In pre-service teaching programs, wherein social/emotional skills are paramount and licensure is contingent upon academic performance and passing standardized tests, being twice exceptional can hinder professional aspirations.
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