In Pursuit of Excellence: A Policy Driven Systemic Initiative to Embed Gifted Education
Watters, J. & Diezmann, C. (2008). In Pursuit of Excellence: A Policy Driven Systemic Initiative to Embed Gifted Education. 1-13. United States of America: American Educational Research Association. Retrieved from http://eprints.qut.edu.au/28984/1/c28984.pdf
Embedding gifted education practices requires major professional development strategies supported by transparent, credible and enforceable policy. This paper describes an analysis of a state-wide initiative involving the establishment of a series of schools tasked to develop and disseminate gifted education principles. The authors have been involved with this initiative at a number of levels over a ten-year period. Their involvement culminated in a commissioned review of the program. Extensive qualitative data were purposively collected from all stakeholders and the effectiveness of the initiative is examined from a theoretical framework of policy development and excellence. The findings summarised in this proposal, indicate the achievement of excellence at a systemic level was constrained by lack of vision, leadership and commitment to long term achievements of excellence. At a local level evidence exists that excellence can be manifested when there is synchronicity of vision, purpose, decisions, and actions.
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