Research & Evaluation

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The Effect of the Great Recession on Funding for Gifted Programs

Saturday, November 11
8:20 AM - 8:40 AM
Location: 203 B

Following the Great Recession, austerity measures were adopted across states in the United States. Public sectors, including education, were often the target of austerity measures. School districts were mandated to provide services with decreased budgets. This session will examine how gifted programming was affected by austerity measures in the state of Texas. A time series model was fit to a data set encompassing the 2000-2001 to 2014-2015 school years. Researchers found that gifted education funding decreased throughout the period and further decreased following the Great Recession. More recently, gifted education funding has slowly increased but has not risen to the levels before the recession.

Jaret W. Hodges

Research Assistant
Purdue University

Coming from a background in special education from Texas where he worked with Spanish speaking students with severe disabilities, Jaret is currently a PhD student in Purdue's Gifted Education program. His current research interests are underserved populations and mathematics curriculum. His current projects deal with art and mathematics as well as modeling low SES student growth after non-traditional identification.

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Juliana Tay

Graduate Student
Purdue University

Originally from Singapore where she taught art to middle and junior high schools students, Juliana is currently a PhD student in Purdue's Gifted Education program. Her current research interests are identification of gifted art learners as well as critical thinking skills in the art curriculum. Her current projects deal with identification and provision of services for underserved gifted students as well as examining the characteristics of gifted art learners.

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Ophelie Desmet

PhD student
Purdue University

Ophélie Desmet is a doctoral student in Gifted, Creative, and Talented studies at Purdue University and has worked with gifted and talented kids since 2012 as a counselor and teacher. She co-authored a book on how to deal with gifted underachievement. Her research focusses on educational effectiveness and teacher development related to underachievement, creativity, twice-exceptionality and underrepresented groups.

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Emine Ozturk

PhD Student
Purdue University

Emine Ozturk is a doctoral student in Gifted,Creative, and Talented Studies and research assistant at Purdue University. Her advisor is Dr. Marcia Gentry and her research interest include topics related to creativity, intelligence, identification, talent development and STEM. She received her first and second bachelor degrees from Istanbul University in Elementary Education with minors in Science Teaching and Gifted Education and a major in English Language Teaching. Before coming to Purdue, she was a research assistant in the Research and Practice Center for Gifted and Talented in Anadolu University and developed courses on Critical and Analytic Thinking for gifted children. She also served in Turkish public schools as a classroom teacher for four years.

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