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3.10.5 Examining critical issues in gifted education: A case study approach

During this session, the presenters will provide an overview of the characteristics of high quality professional development and the components of a case study which connects formal learning with authentic situations. They will introduce problem-based scenarios as a vehicle to initiate exploration of critical issues in the education of gifted and talented learners. The presenters will model the presentation of a case study, with a dilemma that will engage the education professional and encourage detailed analysis and critical reflection. The methodologies presented will include discussion questions, activities, and further investigations intended to extend learning and enhance understanding.


Wendy A Behrens
Minnesota Department of Education
United States

Wendy Behrens is the Gifted and Talented Education Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education. She presents frequently on the nature and needs of gifted learners, instructional strategies, service design, and policies that support highly able learners. She has co-authored several books and is an invited speaker in the United States, Middle East, Far East, and Europe. She is President of the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted, a CEC-TAG Board Member, delegate to the World Council, and an advisor for the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University and the Grayson School.

Christine L. Weber
University of North Florida
United States

Christine L. Weber, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Childhood Education, Literacy, and TESOL at the University of North Florida, U.S., with a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University. Dr. Weber has been a member of the Editorial Review Board for Gifted Child Today since 1998. Her recent books, with co-authors Cecelia Boswell and Wendy Behrens, include Differentiating Instruction for Gifted Learners: A Case Studies Approach (2016) and Exploring Critical Issues in Gifted Education: A Case Studies Approach (2014). She also co-authored a book chapter “Gifted students and advanced readers” in Ebooks for Elementary School (2015). ​


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