Master of Arts (M.A.)
This thesis was developed as a response to a need for rigorous and relevant teacher preparation in the area of Gifted Education. The thesis contains a model of a professional development program for educators who work with gifted students in a regular classroom setting as well as for those who work with the gifted child in a more homogenous environment. The program model incorporates the newest theories in the field of Gifted Education and reflects national and California State trends to include differentiated programming for gifted and talented children in the regular curriculum. The program gives emphasis to the needs of students typically underrepresented in gifted education from across cultures and within underserved populations. The model program was sent to educators who acted as program reviewers, and the model underwent modification taking into account reviewer feedback. The result is a model for gifted education teacher preparation that hopes to meet the needs of all children to their fullest potential.
Shephard, Sandra, "A model of a professional development program with an emphasis on serving typically underserved populations for educators working with gifted and talented students" (2004). Capstone Projects and Theses. 195.