Stretching the gifted and talented: a small scale enquiry focusing on challenging the able in the average classroom.
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.
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This dissertation looks at the able and talented students in a specific school context in the academic year 2004/05. It examines the definitions of able and talented offered by academic agencies and makes suggestions as to how to cater for the high achieving students in the classroom. It concludes that a variety of teaching methodologies can be more effective in reaching the students than one single approach or style. It sets out to offer reasons for this approach using specific in-class examples of how the different teaching styles affected a specific class of students in Year 10. Whilst looking at the topics this dissertation takes on board contemporary criticisms and writings on the topic. It uses contemporary writings to ensure that there is an up-to-date viewpoint. The dissertation also looks at documentation released by the Department for Employment and Education as well as documentation from the Welsh Assembly to show the government opinion on the topic. From these it concludes that able and talented students are now the new focus for educational institutions and that effective provisions for these students can have an enormous benefit for the schools. From these sources this dissertation concludes that provision for the able and talented student is invaluable and it can make a big difference in the classroom. It then concludes that approaching the education of able and talented students need not lead to an enormous overhaul of a school's curriculum, it simply requires a more focused approach in the classroom and offers suggestions for applying these approaches in an educational context.
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