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The changes in gifted education by a representative sample of Iowa educators of the talented and gifted were investigated. Underwritten by Iowa Talented and Gifted Association (IT AG), the writer surveyed the members of IT AG who are teachers or coordinators of the talented and gifted. The collected demographic data provided a profile of educators of the talented and gifted. The results of the survey indicated the following changes during the last four or more years: the adoption of more criteria in identification procedures; more collaboration with classroom teachers; growth in advocacy, support, and understanding among various educational groups; and increased use of some recommended practices to meet the needs of the talented and gifted in the core subjects of mathematics, the sciences, social studies and history, and reading and language arts. Respondents perceived the effects of current trends and issues as change vehicles as positive, negative, and neutral. The writer concludes that while legislative mandates are a key factor in positive changes, they are no guarantee of adequate services.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

William Waack

Second Advisor

Donna H. Schumacher


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