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Gifted Education Glossary

Common Educational Terms

 

Ability Grouping - the flexible regrouping of students based on individual instructional needs
 
Acceleration - moving at a faster pace through academic content: examples include early access to kindergarten; grade skipping; advanced placement classes; concurrent enrollment in elementary & middle school or middle and high school; postsecondary options (earning both high school and college credit for college courses completed); early exit
 
Affective Needs - the social and emotional considerations of an individual
 
Articulation - the communication between grades and learning levels about the transition of students
 
Assessment - standardized or informal methods designed to determine mastery or prior knowledge of skill or content
 
Cluster Grouping - the intentional placement of a group of similar-ability students in an otherwise heterogeneous (mixed-ability) classroom for a particular learning activity
 
Cognitive Needs - the intellectual needs of an individual
 
Cooperative Learning - an instructional strategy in which small, usually heterogeneous, groups of students work collaboratively to accomplish a particular task
 
Cross-grade/Multi-age Grouping - grouping strategy that mixes children of different ages for instruction
 
Curriculum Compacting - an instructional strategy in which a students grasp of a subject area is frequently reassessed by the instructor, and following demonstration of mastery of the subject, the student is allowed to progress to the next level or is given more in-depth work in the same subject area
 
Differentiation - the modification of programming and instruction based on a student’s academic need and intellectual ability
 
Enrichment - the enhancement of the curricular program with additional opportunities and avenues of learning that involve higher level thinking skills and guided problem solving
 
Heterogeneous/Homogeneous Groupings - those in which students are taught in groups of mixed or similar ability, respectively
 
High Ability - capacity to see abstract relationships, make connections through critical analysis, and formulate original hypotheses
 
Individualized Instruction - customizing the curriculum to align with a student’s learning style, social-emotional concerns, interests, abilities, potential creativity, and task commitment
 
Learning Styles - the different ways in which an individual begins to concentrate, process, internalize, and remember new and difficult academic knowledge (e.g., auditory-sequential/analytical thinker/left-brained and visual-spatial/ global thinker/right-brained)
 
Modification - changing the existing curriculum to accommodate the learning needs of the student
Out-of-Level Testing - testing typically given to a particular grade or age of student and used to assess abilities of younger students at a higher level than their developmental peers
 
Personalized Learning Plans (also called Advanced Learning Plans) - an individualized educational program based on student needs and interests that may include such options as acceleration, differentiated instruction, enrichment activities, and affective counseling and guidance
 
Pull-out Programs - classes and activities held during the school day but outside the regular classroom
 
Standards-based Education - a mechanism for which students demonstrate what they know and are able to do with regard to particular content areas such as reading, writing, mathematics, science, history, geography, and foreign language. (For gifted students this system of establishing identifiable and assessable skills and knowledge offers a framework for flexibility and instruction based on mastery and academic need.)
 
Transition Planning - the process of student articulation (progression) between grades and levels
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