Special Education 471

EDSP 471: Teaching the Gifted Child

Prerequisites: EDSP 361 and a minimum 2.5 GPA

Credit Hours: (3)

Introduces students to the gifted child, including identification, characteristics, and special problem areas, and appropriate curricular approaches in teaching and guiding the gifted.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

This course is designed for juniors, seniors, and graduate students who wish to learn more of the nature of the gifted child, his problems, his learning needs, and his place in the public schools.

Definition, identification, and characteristics of the gifted child

  • Stereotypes of the gifted
  • The USDE definition of giftedness
  • The Renzulli definition of giftedness
  • Giftedness and cultural biases

Objectives for the gifted

  • Content modifications
  • Skill modifications

Program Prototypes

  • Acceleration
  • Enrichment

Individualized Programs

  • Diagnosis for planning
  • Planning
  • Implementing

Special Problem Areas

  • Gifted underachievers
  • The culturally different gifted
  • Unresolved issues
  • Special Interest Readings in Each Area


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

A variety of instructional strategies will be used, including, but not limited to, lecture, case study(ies), classroom assignment, program planning, project(s) and exams.


Assessment Measures

Exams and project presentation.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

September 2001 Alice Anderson