Academic journal article Childhood Education

Effective Curriculum for Underserved Gifted Students: A CEC-Tag Educational Resource

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Effective Curriculum for Underserved Gifted Students: A CEC-Tag Educational Resource

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EFFECTIVE CURRICULUM FOR UNDERSERVED GIFTED STUDENTS: A CEC-TAG Educational Resource. Tamra Stambaugh, Ph.D., & Kimberley L. Chandler, Ph.D. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press, 2012. 92 pp. Paperback, $24.95.

From the start of this book, it is clear that the authors' intent is to only recommend curriculum-based interventions through the themes they have come across that have consistently shown positive outcomes for underserved gifted students. Even though the authors admit the link between curriculum, instruction, and assessment, the focus is mainly on the curriculum features.

Although the authors note the importance of teachers recognizing the characteristics of culturally and linguistically diverse learners, they point out that the matter of identifying these children is not the focus of the book. The authors also provide "caveats" regarding the data collected--primarily between underserved students and students of poverty--as these two populations tended to be intertwined. The studies and their findings that are referenced are limited and focus mainly on the primary grades. They do, however, provide some valuable insight into studies being conducted in this field. …

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