Teachers' attitudes towards the gifted : the importance of professional development and school culture

Lassig, Carly J. (2009) Teachers' attitudes towards the gifted : the importance of professional development and school culture. Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 18(2), pp. 32-42.

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Given that teachers have one of the most significant influences on the educational development of gifted students, reports of negative attitudes and beliefs in popular myths about giftedness are cause for concern. It is important to understand teachers’ attitudes and beliefs to implement effective training and educational practices to improve education for gifted students. This study explored the attitudes of Australian primary school teachers (N = 126) towards intellectually gifted children and their education at eight schools. These schools could be categorised into four different classifications in regards to their involvement in gifted education. Key findings include significant associations between teachers’ attitudes and their school classifications (p < .001), and their participation in gifted and talented education inservice training (p < .001). Findings from this study suggest that further teacher training and school-wide involvement in gifted education may assist in improving attitudes towards intellectually gifted children and their education.

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ID Code: 32480
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: education, gifted, talented, teacher, attitude, professional development, school culture, training
ISSN: 1323-9686
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented
Deposited On: 02 Jun 2010 22:29
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2010 02:56

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