The Effectiveness of Teaching the Course "Developing Giftedness and Talent" on the Sample of College of Educational Science Student’s Attitudes -Future Teachers- toward the Gifted and Talented Students and their Programs

Jamal A. S. Abuzaitoun

Abstract


This study aimed at identifying the degree of the future teachers' attitudes toward the gifted and talented students and their programs in pre-service stage and identifying the effectiveness of teaching the course " Developing Giftedness and Talent" on development their attitudes to this category. The sample of the study consisted of (58) students from the College of Educational Science during the academic year 2010/2011, the experimental group 27 students who were enrolled in "Developing Giftedness and Talent Course" and a control group 31 students who were enrolled in other courses. The results revealed that students obtained moderate means on the level of attitudes toward the gifted and talented students and their programs as a whole. While they obtained the highest means on special programs dimension, the students obtained the lowest means on future directions in gifted education dimension. Also, the findings revealed that there were statistically significant differences in studying the course "developing giftedness and talent" on changing the future Teachers' attitudes toward the gifted and talented students and their programs in favor of the experimental group in whole degree and labeling, consequences of gifted education, special classes for the gifted, and future directions in gifted education dimensions.

Keywords


Gifted and Talented Students, Teacher's Attitudes.

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