Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Dr. Lanny Holsinger

Degree Award Date

Fall 2003


Education, Gifted Student, Regular Classroom


Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Methods | Gifted Education


This project describes the characteristics of gifted children and the methods and practices used to identify them and assess what they need in order to receive the best education possible for their needs and talents. From there, it offers general practices and ideas for differentiating classroom activities to provide enrichment opportunities that will engage and challenge the gifted student, while still allowing them to be part of the regular education class. Ideas for parental support and action to help aide the education of the gifted child are also included; creating a link between home and school will dramatically increase the effectiveness of the gifted experience. Finally, a look into the practice of academic acceleration and its effect on the gifted student is presented. Always an option for the extremely gifted child, academic acceleration has both positive and negative factors, and should be heavily considered before deciding to accelerate the child. All information was found through research materials suggested by recommendations from gifted education teachers and regular education teachers.