Capstone/Dissertation Title

A case study of a co-teaching model of gifted education service

Term

2007

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The case study was an examination to determine the advantages and disadvantages of a push-in co-teaching model of gifted education in a K-2 primary school. The program served first and second grade students in two cluster classrooms through guided reading instruction. The method of inquiry was descriptive case study that examined the program from the perspective of all stakeholders including co-teachers, students, parents, faculty and administration. The author researched the definition of giftedness and the characteristics of gifted students by such researchers as Sternberg, Renzulli and Gagne_. The program was analyzed in light of the Literacy Collaborative in place in the school, co-teaching and best practice in gifted education. Key influences were the writings of Fountas & Pinnell, Cook & Friend, Clark, Renzulli, Gentry, and Rogers. She concludes that the reading program only partially met the needs of the students.

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