Grace Jacobs, Instructor

EDE 525: Curriculum & Instruction for Gifted and Talented Learners

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

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

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

 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.
 

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