Professional Development

Roundtable

Are Pre-Service Teachers Ready for Gifted Students in Their General Education Classroom?

Friday, November 10
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: Exhibit Hall Roundtable 4

The focus of policymakers and administrators in a public school setting is on typically achieving and special education students. In practice, therefore, teacher preparation programs train their pre-service teachers to address these students, especially with the current increased use of inclusion as a special education strategy. Little attention has been paid to teaching strategies that accommodate, motivate, and encourage the gifted student. Our research polled pre-service, senior block, interns at the beginning of their internship on their knowledge of and confidence for teaching gifted students in their general education classrooms.

Arlene S. Puryear

Assistant Professor
University of South Carolina Aiken

I am Arlene Puryear. I have a Doctorate of Science in Education from Curtin University in Perth Australia, a Bachelor of Science and Masters degree in Elementary Education from Lander University, and a Masters degree in Supervision and Administration from Phoenix University.

I have worked in a variety of positions in the public school setting over the last 30 years including Gifted and Talented education for a majority of the time. I am still active in Public education, after my retirement, through my service on the Saluda County School Board, in which I serve as Board Secretary.

I am currently an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina Aiken. I teach online graduate level gifted and talented courses that the South Carolina Department of Education requires for gifted and talented certificate endorsement and I serve as the Gifted and Talented Coordinator for the School of Education. My reserch interest includes Gifted and Talented teacher perceptions of social situations within their classroom.

My primary job responsibility is NCATE/CAEP Coordinator for the School of Education.

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Kay Hanson

Associate Professor
University of South Carolina Aiken

Dr. Kay Hanson is Special Education Coordinator and Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of South Carolina Aiken. She is also Director of Palmetto College, Special Education, USCA. Her research interests include learning disabilities, play, and twice exceptional students. She has a B.A. from California Lutheran University, an M.A. from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

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