Faculty Publications

Title

Supporting gifted education in rural schools

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Rural Educator

Volume

41

Issue

2

First Page

47

Last Page

54

Abstract

In this “promising practices” piece, we draw from lessons learned from a larger research study exploring how alternative identification processes and curricular interventions might influence gifted education programming for students in rural school districts. In the larger study we sought to (a) increase the number of rural students identified for gifted education services and (b) provide support for those programs in the form of a place-based language arts curriculum. As we implemented an innovative identification and curricular option for historically underrepresented students from low-income rural areas, we encountered hurdles stemming from four sources: conceptions of giftedness, teacher time and expertise, expectations for students, and fidelity of implementation. This article illuminates those challenges and discusses efforts to mitigate them and negotiate a path through to success— seeing the possible rather than limitations set forth by imposed systems affecting rural schools and communities.

Department

Department of Languages and Literatures

Original Publication Date

1-1-2020

DOI of published version

10.35608/ruraled.v41i2.851

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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