Graduate Research Papers


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Gifted children -- Education; Curriculum planning -- United States; United States;


The purpose of this project is to create two curriculum differentiated reading units designed to meet the needs of fifth grade, high-ability language arts students. The units were written to compliment existing whole class units already in use, and to coincide with major district goals encouraging students to take control of their own learning by making decisions about their writing, selecting their reading materials, and assessing their progress. This paper gives a broad definition of curriculum differentiation and reviews the literature in regard to differentiation of curriculum in the field of gifted education, and provides a focus on possible strategies to use to differentiate curriculum for gifted learners. This paper offers definitions of curriculum differentiation and why it is necessary in meeting the individual needs of gifted students. Gifted students have been proven to learn differently and more quickly than other students. They have certain characteristics that affect their ability to think, to learn, to produce information; and they possess these characteristics to such a degree that the basic core curriculum is not adequate for them and must be modified. The curriculum must be adjusted to meet the learning needs of gifted students.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of Education

First Advisor

Barbara D. O'Donnell

Second Advisor

Connie J. Erpelding


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