Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Gifted children--Education (Middle school);
As middle school educators and teachers of the gifted and talented continue to debate issues such as equity vs. excellence, homogeneous vs. heterogeneous grouping, and cognitive vs. affective education, the needs of gifted and talented middle school students in the general education classroom appear to be ignored. This paper reviewed current literature relating to the needs of gifted and talented pre-adolescents in the middle school setting in order to determine what were the critical components necessary for meeting their unique needs in the general education classroom. From the reviewed literature, critical components identified include content differentiation, teaching strategies, grouping for instruction, and addressing the social-emotional needs of acceptance and self-esteem. The paper closes with a discussion of conclusions which may be drawn from the literature and recommendations for further study.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
William Lee Waack
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©1997 Patricia R. Kayser
Kayser, Patricia R., "Talented and gifted programs in the middle school : critical components" (1997). Graduate Research Papers. 983.