Title page for ETD etd-07122006-163348

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Singletary, Cathy J.
URN etd-07122006-163348
Title Louisiana's Comprehensive Curriculum: An Analysis of Impact on Gifted Instruction during Its Primary Implementation Year
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Curriculum & Instruction
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Rita Culross Committee Chair
Earl Cheek Committee Member
Pam Blanchard Committee Member
Paul Mooney Committee Member
Katia Madsen Dean's Representative
  • gifted instruction
  • academic achievement of gifted
  • standards-based instruction for gifted
  • program options for gifted
  • curriculum models for gifted
Date of Defense 2006-07-11
Availability unrestricted
In the midst of a national focus on improving student achievement, gifted educators within Louisiana were required to implement some or all aspects of a curriculum with a prescribed content structure. The study measured the perceptions of educators and administrators as they analyzed curricular expectations, program options, method of implementation for the Comprehensive Curriculum, a provided common curriculum, and strengths and weaknesses of the identified curriculum. Findings indicated that implementation of the Comprehensive Curriculum had a significant impact on gifted instruction delivered through Advanced Placement/Acceleration program models, and it created a slight shift toward use of enrichment models at the elementary and middle school levels. Findings also suggested factors that either increase or decrease curricular reform efforts at the school and district level of implementation. A measurement of the scope and nature of existing views provided a call for analysis of alternative curriculum models and showed the necessity for a curricular focus on differentiation toward identified needs of gifted learners.
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