Summer 2019 - EDUC 428W D100

Nature and Nurture of Gifted Students (4)

Class Number: 4147

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    9:30 AM – 3:20 PM
    BLU 9011, Burnaby

    9:30 AM – 3:20 PM
    BLU 10921, Burnaby

    9:30 AM – 3:20 PM
    BLU 10921, Burnaby

    9:30 AM – 3:20 PM
    BLU 10655, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 401/2 or EDUC 403. Students must successfully complete an SFU Criminal Records Check.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Conceptions and misconceptions related to the nature and education of individuals with extraordinary abilities will be introduced. Implications for teaching and learning will be examined. The nature and feasibility of curriculum differentiation, flexible pacing, and other educational options for these students will be critiqued. Grading will be on a pass/fail basis. Writing.

COURSE DETAILS:

Who is gifted? In what ways are “gifted” students, or those with high potential, similar to and different from their peers?  How can you support their learning and their peers’ too? These questions and more will be addressed in the readings, discussions, and assignments in this course.

We will examine definitions, controversies, research and practices surrounding the identification, development and education of highly able learners. Understanding these students as well as differentiating curriculum with and for them will be the major themes.

The course will involve a blend of face-to-face, online, self-directed and collaborative learning experiences. Written assignments based on assigned readings will be required for each class. This writing will become the basis for in-class activities with classmates.

The dates of all classes are shown in the Requirements section below.  Full attendance is required.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

 Students in this course will increase their:
  ·    Understanding of past and current definitions and conceptions of “giftedness”;
  ·    Ability to recognize highly able, gifted and creative students;
  ·    Ability to find, modify and/or design learning experiences appropriate for highly able, gifted and creative learners;
  ·    Understanding of the instruments and processes used to identify/select students for differentiated programs;
  ·    Understanding of issues related to the education of students with extraordinary abilities.

Grading

  • • Weekly assignments (an interview with a “gifted” individual, responses to readings, online discussions, etc.)
  • • A Case Study of a gifted or high ability learner in which you’ll develop differentiated learning activities
  • • An Inquiry Project addressing a question of interest to you that is focused on the nature and/or nurture of gifted/high ability learners
  • • Growth Portfolio in which you provide evidence of your learning

NOTES:

This course is graded on a Pass-Fail basis.  

 

REQUIREMENTS:

To pass the course, students must attend all four of the full-day class meetings in their entirety (9:30am - 3:20pm).

Classes meet on the following dates:
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Chapters and articles will be selected to address the course content and based on the needs and interests of students enrolled in the course. Links to them will be posted on the course website.

Chapters from the Tool Kit for High End Curriculum Differentiation (Kanevsky, L., 2017; free download will be provided)

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS