Classroom Teachers: It Matters What They Know About Gifted Education Matters

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Dr. Julie Lamb-Milligan


Classroom teachers are one of the most important stakeholders in the ultimate success of programs for the gifted. These teachers are responsible for recognizing potential giftedness and nominating those students for services. In most instances, they are responsible for assisting specialists with planning and making modifications in the regular classroom to accommodate the learning needs of the gifted. This paper addresses concerns regarding the lack of classroom teachers’ knowledge of giftedness when there is a lack of training and support offered to them. It also addresses many positive effects and results from classroom teachers’ involvement in staff development which heightens their awareness of giftedness. A review of literature and interviews with classroom teachers are used to heighten awareness among specialists in gifted education and emphasize their responsibility toward assisting other educators in matters related to gifted education.


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Lamb-Milligan, D. J. (2019). Classroom Teachers: It Matters What They Know About Gifted Education Matters. International Journal for Innovation Education and Research, 7(12), 196-201.


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