Grace Jacobs, Instructor
EDE 525: Curriculum & Instruction for Gifted and Talented Learners
This course provides a theoretical, research-based framework and practical ideas for writing, implementing, and adapting curriculum for gifted and talented learners in a standards-based era. Participants are first introduced to various curriculum theories, the Integrated Curriculum Model, curriculum reform, and a process for curriculum design and development. This course may be applied toward the 690 (Gifted & Talented) endorsement for the State of Maine teachers. It is currently offered for 4.5 CEUs.
REQUIRED READING: Currently being updated
Upon successful completion of this course, educators will demonstrate an understanding of theory and best practices for curriculum and instruction for gifted and talented students, including:
I. THE PROCESS OF CURRICULUM MAKING.• Curriculum for the Gifted: Past, Present, and Future Directions.. • Curriculum Design Issues in Developing a Curriculum for the Gifted. • Curriculum Development Processes. • Developing Key Curriculum Products.
II. ADAPTING CURRICULUM TO GIFTED LEARNER NEEDS IN CORE DOMAINS.• Differentiation Curriculum: The Process. • Reading and Language Arts Curriculum for the Gifted Learner. • Language Study for Gifted Learners. • Mathematics Curriculum for the Gifted Learner. • Social Studies Curriculum and the Gifted Learner. • Science Curriculum for the Gifted Learner.
III. ADAPTING CURRICULUM TO GIFTED LEARNER NEEDS IN NON-CORE DOMAINS.• Leadership Curriculum for the Gifted. • Arts Curriculum for the Gifted. • Affective Curriculum and Instruction for Gifted Learners. • Developing Interdisciplinary Curriculum through Humanities Study. • Accommodating Special Populations of Gifted Students through Tailored Curriculum Experiences.
IV. SCAFFOLDING INSTRUCTION TO SUPPORT DIFFERENTIATED CURRICULUM.• Teaching Critical Thinking, Problem-Solving and Research. • Teaching Creativity. • Using Technology to Supplement Gifted Curriculum. • Instructional Strategies in Programs for the Gifted. • Instructional Management Strategies for Effective Curriculum Implementation.
V. THE PROCESS OF CURRICULUM CHANGE.• Assessment of Gifted Student Learning. • Educational Leadership in Gifted Programs. • Toward Synthesis: A Vision of Comprehensive Articulated Curriculum for Gifted Learners.