The Winter, 1993 issue of the Journal for Education of the Gifted is a special issue devoted to major research studies carried out by the NRC/GT. Since this journal is only mailed to persons who are members of the TAG Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, many individuals who are interested in the work of The Center probably have not obtained a copy.
If you are interested in ordering this special issue, featuring the latest research from the NRC/GT, or other back issues of the Journal, send $11 (add $1.50 per copy for addresses outside the U.S.) to Journals Department, UNC Press, P.O. Box 2288, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2288. Prepayment must accompany all orders.
The NRC/GT also has a small quantity of this issue. Please contact our Dissemination Coordinator, Dawn Guenther (phone 203-486-4676 or fax 203-486-2900) for information about how you can obtain a copy.
David Kenny, who served as a principal investigator on the recently completed NRC/GT cooperative learning study, has claimed international fame for the quotability of his research writings, according to The University of Connecticut publication UConn Advance. The publication noted that the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), an organization which counts and maintains records of citations or references in all science fields, says the Connecticut psychology professor was the world’s third most frequently cited psychologist during the reporting period of 1986-90. Kenny recently presented his preliminary findings from the NRC/GT study on the impact of cooperative learning groups on gifted students at the American Educational Research Association’s annual convention in Atlanta.
A new computer bulletin board on gifted education, edited by Mary Ruth Coleman, has been started as a part of SpecialNet. SpecialNet is an electronic bulletin board service with over 40 boards and 6500 members. The gifted education section has been operational since last September and includes:
- timely information on advocacy issues
- ideas for meeting student needs
- announcements from national and state organizations
- updates on important research
- a link with others in the field of gifted education.
If you have information which you would like announced on the gifted bulletin board, contact Mary Ruth Coleman, Associate Director, Gifted Education Policy Studies Program, NationsBank Plaza, Suite 300, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, phone 919-962-7373, fax 919-962-7328. If you are not a member of SpecialNet and are interested in more information about the service, contact GTE Directories, Education Services, P.O. Box 619810, Dallas, TX 75261-9955, phone 800-927-3000.
The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented is beginning a new column in this newsletter. The column will feature strategies that have really “clicked” with high ability students and/or have garnered support for programs for gifted students from teachers, parents, administrators, or school board members. Submissions should be less than 100 words, will need to have been practiced successfully “in the field,” and will appear with the name and state of the submitter. Share your most successful practices with people in the field and help others recreate your successful experiences. Ideas should be submitted to Jeanne Purcell, The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, The University of Connecticut, 362 Fairfield Road, U-7, Storrs, CT 062692007. Please include your name, address and phone number with your submission.
Western Michigan University will be conducting its second annual CREATE and PDK Evaluation Institute from June 19-24 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo, MI. This year the Institute will focus on skill development in the analysis, adaptation, and implementation of evaluation models. The program is relevant for teachers, administrators, researchers and evaluators who work with and assist school personnel in the development and application of personnel evaluation models. For more information, contact Kathy Hueser at 616-387-5895.