Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Gifted children -- Education; Elite (Social sciences);
At some point in time almost every teacher who works with gifted children will have to deal with the issue of elitism in the programming strategies established for these children. In fact, according to Borland (1989), teachers and coordinators of gifted education programs are frequently charged with fostering elitism in the schools. He further states that, "For some people, the phrase 'program for the gifted' reflexively connotes unfair advantage and a retreat from egalitarianism" (p.83). Gardner and Hofstadter (1989) also address this problem when they say: "The linking of excellence and elitism is an ingrained national tendency, an enduring facet of our national character, and it is something of which educators working with gifted students should be aware" (p. 83).
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
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©1992 Scott A. Jones
Jones, Scott A., "A review of the issue of elitism as a perceived negative characteristic of gifted programs" (1992). Graduate Research Papers. 2639.