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Beyond the Stars: Experiences That Expand the Boundaries of the Classroom

Beyond the Stars: Experiences That Expand the Boundaries of the Classroom
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Author(s): Michael W. Kessinger (Morehead State University, USA), Kimberely Fletcher Nettleton (Morehead State University, USA) and Lesia C. Lennex (Morehead State University, USA)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 19
Source title: Handbook of Research on Software for Gifted and Talented School Activities in K-12 Classrooms
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Shigeru Ikuta (Otsuma Women's University, Japan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1400-9.ch001


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When students are identified for gifted services, one of the first questions asked by parents is, “What will my child be doing that is different from what is being done now?” The purpose of this first chapter is to provide a foundation as the reader proceeds through the following chapters in the book. The chapter presents the characteristics of gifted students along with the ways gifted services are delivered to students at various levels. This chapter, and actually the whole book, looks at ways to meet the needs of gifted students in the K-12 environment. Gifted students need instruction that enriches their conceptual attainment, helps them make connections and patterns between content areas, and develops an understanding of real-life applications of content. The growing availability of technological resources has empowered teachers to meet the academic needs of students and provide an enriched learning experience for all students. The wide range of software has provided gifted students opportunities to independently explore areas that would not be possible in the regular classroom.

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