Historical Overview of Adult Gifted Education in the United States

Judith Ann Bazler (Monmouth University, USA), Letitia Graybill (Monmouth University, USA) and Meta Lee Van Sickle (College of Charleston, USA)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 29
EISBN13: 9781466674998|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6489-0.ch002
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Giftedness is not present only in childhood. It persists for a lifetime. However, even though most colleges/universities provide special needs services for appropriate students, most if not all college faculty might not believe it necessary to provide any accommodations for gifted/talented students either at undergraduate or at the graduate level. In order to accommodate one or more gifted/talented students in a class, faculty need to rethink their pedagogy and assessment strategies. At the college/university level accommodations are usually absent because faculty do not perceive a need to do so in their courses. In courses for pre-service teachers, some instructors provide practices in courses including how to teach gifted and talented students in basic education settings for K-12 grades. This chapter presents a brief overview of gifted and talented education in the United States focusing more specifically on gifted and talented at the university (or adult) level.
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