The primary goal of the federally-funded National Research and Development Center for the Education of Gifted and Talented Children and Youth was to conduct the research needed to identify program characteristics that are most linked to favorable academic outcomes for identified gifted students in grades 3-5, with particular attention to those program characteristics that are most linked to identification and favorable academic outcomes for traditionally underserved gifted students at those levels. One component of the Center’s research agenda included in-depth case studies of (i) schools who exhibited generally favorable academic outcomes for gifted students and greater representation and success of students from traditionally underserved groups within gifted programs, and (ii) schools who did not exhibit these characteristics. The research question guiding this phase of the study included: What key fidelity of gifted program implementation characteristics are observed in schools exhibiting generally favorable academic outcomes for gifted students, as well as greater representation and success of students from traditionally underserved groups within gifted programs? Our role in the project was to co-create the case study design and analysis plan.
Partner / Institution affiliation
National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented
U.S. Department of Education