Reflections on the development and implementation of an enrichment program in early childhood: A metaphorical representation

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Title Reflections on the development and implementation of an enrichment program in early childhood: A metaphorical representation
Author Garvis, Susie; Pendergast, Donna Lee
Journal Name Australasian Journal of Gifted Education
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented
Abstract The profile of gifted education is being raised in Queensland (Australia) schools in recognition of the potential benefits to students of engaging in such programs. Little is known however about what types of programs are being delivered, especially in the early years. Since many programs are created by individuals, it is important to understand the beliefs and reflections of individual teachers. Beliefs and reflections shape a teacher’s practice with young children. This article reports on a case study that explored an Australian early childhood teacher’s experience in gifted enrichment programs for children (grade preparatory to year two). The case study documents the teacher’s personal practical knowledge of gifted education. Spanning over the development and implementation of an enrichment program, data were collected from field notes, a reflective journal and informal conversations. Metaphor analysis was used as an heuristic tool to explore the lived experience of the teacher as she delivered a program to gifted children in the early years. From this analysis it is possible to identify key themes around professional isolation, professional development and sustainability and flux of self-efficacy beliefs. The study highlights the need to further explore the life cycle of enrichment programs from the lived experience of the teacher to establish a greater understanding of teacher’s personal practical knowledge for gifted education in the early years.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.aaegt.net.au/index.htm
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Australian Association for Gifted and Talented Children. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 20
Issue Number 1
Page from 14
Page to 27
ISSN 1323-9686
Date Accessioned 2011-06-14
Date Available 2012-07-10T23:07:53Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Education
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/41883
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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