Content Based Curriculum for High Ability Learners

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Content-Based Curriculum for High-Ability Learners provides a solid introduction to curriculum development in gifted and talented education. In bringing together experts from the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary, this text brings cutting-edge design techniques and aligns the core content with national and state standards.

The text is divided into three sections. The first section identifies the basic principles of curriculum development: accelerated learning within the core content areas, use of higher order process skills, development of creative student products, and concept development and learning.

The second section incorporates these techniques into a chapter on each core content area: language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Key concepts, such as differentiated curriculum, grouping practices, acceleration, and assessment are woven throughout the text. In addition, each chapter on a core content area provides concrete examples from classroom-tested curriculum units.

The third section focuses on the roles of teachers, program coordinators, and administrators during curriculum design: selecting resources and materials, making appropriate instructional choices, and assessing student learning. The final section also offers suggestions for aligning curricula with content standards, identifies exemplary programs, and encourages educators to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their curricula.

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Joyce VanTassel-Baska is the Jody and Layton Smith Professor of Education at the College of William and Mary, where she initiated and serves as the director of the Center for Gifted Education. Formerly she initiated and directed the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University. Joyce has also served as state director of gifted programs in Illinois, a regional director, a local coordinator of gifted programs, and a teacher of gifted high school students. Her major research interests are in the talent development process and effective curricular interventions with the gifted. She is the author of several books and has written over 200 other publications on gifted education. She is the editor of Gifted and Talented International and received the Distinguished Scholar Award in 1997 from the National Association for Gifted Children and the Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia in 1993. She is also the mother of an adolescent daughter. She holds a B.E., M.A., M.E., and Ed.D. from the University of Toledo.

Catherine Little is an Assistant Professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. She teaches courses in gifted and talented education in the undergraduate honors program in education, and she serves as program advisor to UConn Mentor Connection. She previously served as Visiting Assistant Professor in Gifted Education and Curriculum Coordinator at the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary. Catherine received her Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership from William and Mary. Her research interests include professional development, teacher talent development, curriculum differentiation, and perfectionism. She presents regularly at state and national conferences and in local school districts, and she has written or co-written several curriculum units, as well as book chapters and journal articles related to curriculum implementation and other issues in gifted education.

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