Slanina, A. M. (1996). Factors that impact transitions between a regular-educational program and a gifted program: The perceptions of four African-American males. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 20(1), 54-83.
Several programmatic strategies for gifted students involve removal from the regular classroom in order to attend special schools, resource looms, or enrichment classes. The focus of this study was on factors that influenced transitions between a regular-educational program and a gifted program, based on the perceptions of four African-American males. Using a case-study approach, qualitative data from students, parents, and teachers were collected and analyzed. Critical factors that contributed to the students’ ability to adapt to the transitions were the perception of a strong family unit; development of goals for the future; socialization factors, which included student personality and peer influences; the perceived benefits of their participation in the gifted program; discrepancies between identification and placement; and a discrepancy in the manner in which material was presented in the various programs.
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