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.

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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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ID Code: 28984
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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 Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 02 Dec 2009 02:25
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:10

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