In Pursuit of Excellence : A Policy Driven Systemic Initiative to Embed Gifted Education
Watters, James J. & Diezmann, Carmel M. (2008) In Pursuit of Excellence : A Policy Driven Systemic Initiative to Embed Gifted Education. In Proceedings of American Education Research Association Annual Meeting (AERA 2008), New York.
Embedding gifted education practices requires major professional development strategies supported by transparent, credible and enforceable policy. This paper describes an analysis of a state-wide initiative involving the establishment of a series of schools tasked to develop and disseminate gifted education principles. The authors have been involved with this initiative at a number of levels over a ten-year period. Their involvement culminated in a commissioned review of the program. Extensive qualitative data were purposively collected from all stakeholders and the effectiveness of the initiative is examined from a theoretical framework of policy development and excellence. The findings summarised in this proposal, indicate the achievement of excellence at a systemic level was constrained by lack of vision, leadership and commitment to long term achievements of excellence. At a local level evidence exists that excellence can be manifested when there is synchronicity of vision, purpose, decisions, and actions.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||Gifted education, Policy and Practice in Education, Selective schools, Educational reform, Excellence in education, Systemic change , Professional development|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)|
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research|
Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2008 Please consult the authors.|
|Deposited On:||02 Dec 2009 12:25|
|Last Modified:||25 Mar 2013 18:10|
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