Reading and Research in Gifted Education – EDUC 627

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/04/2022

Course Description

Candidates will explore the contemporary issues and research in gifted education including the systematic gathering, analyzing, and reporting of formative and summative data and current issues on a local, state, and national level.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This class is designed to give educators an opportunity to research some of the current issues in area of gifted education, to focus upon an area of their choice and prepare an annotated bibliography, and to develop a research based project designed to educate others about that area of gifted education.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain and defend the importance of gifted education.
  2. Analyze formative and summative data as it relates to research in gifted education.
  3. Examine current issues in gifted education affecting local, state, and national levels.
  4. Approach research in gifted education from a biblical perspective.
  5. Develop a targeted area of interest in the field of gifted education.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to post a thread of 400 words for each forum. The last Discussion Board Forum thread must have 500 words. In addition to the thread, the student must post 1 substantive reply of 200 words. (MLO: A, B, C, D)

Final Project Proposal

The student will submit a topic proposal and rationale for his/her final project. (MLO: A, E)

Proposed Readings

The student will list references for his/her research and produce a reading schedule. (MLO: A, B, D, E)

Observation Report

The student will observe a gifted or talented child in a traditional (e.g. public or private school) teaching environment for 2 hours. A homeschool situation is also appropriate, provided the child is not under the student’s supervision or teaching. A 4–5-page report will then be generated narrating the observation session. (MLO: A, C)

Annotated Bibliography

Using current research, the student will select resources and articulate and discuss personal impressions of those readings. This assignment is broken into 2 parts and strictly follows current APA formatting. (MLO: A,B, C, E)

Final Project

The student must identify an issue in gifted education, then propose and develop an informative product. The student will generate a multimedia project, representing professional knowledge after extensive reading and research (beyond the textbook) on an approved topic. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)