Evaluating the Effectiveness of Talent Development Programs

Frank C. Worrell, Rena F. Subotnik, Paula Olszewski-Kubilius

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As with any other program intended to help students academically, it is important to evaluate the effectiveness of talent development programs for advanced learners. This chapter discusses the different levels at which decisions are made about programming and the competency stages associated with the talent development megamodel, and provides some suggestions for conducting evaluations of talent development programs. Leadership must also ensure that programming is suited to and appropriate for different stages of talent development. At the program level, a major difference in talent development is that it focuses on one subset of gifted learners, rather than services for a broad range of gifted learners, and uses a variety of program models to address students’ needs. The purpose of a talent development program at the potential stage is to identify students who need something beyond the regular curriculum-that is, to identify advanced learners with a broad reach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTalent Development as a Framework for Gifted Education
Subtitle of host publicationImplications for Best Practices and Applications in Schools
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781000489248
ISBN (Print)9781032144597
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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