Historical Overview of Adult Gifted Education in the United States

Judith Bazler (Monmouth University, USA), Letitia Graybill (Monmouth University, USA) and Meta 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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Abstract

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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