Educators’ attitudes towards gifted students and their education in a regional Queensland school

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Vanessa Bartley

 

As the primary providers in meeting the educational needs of gifted students, educators are pivotal in the provision of positive experiences for these students. The Gagné–Nadeau Attitude Scale: Opinions about the gifted and their education, was used to determine the attitudes of educators in a regional Queensland school toward gifted students and their education. Educators at the school were also asked to provide information pertaining to their preservice and professional learning in regard to gifted education. Results indicated that educators at the school are, overall, ambivalent in their attitudes towards gifted students and their education. There is no indication that specialised pre-service education or isolated professional learning experiences affect teacher attitudes in this area. Future research could include the development of an attitudinal survey drawn from the Australian educational context along with research into how to improve educators’ attitudes and practice in this area.

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Keywords: Gagné-Nadeau, teacher attitudes, gifted education

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