Thesis Title

A Global Conceptualization of Giftedness: A Ciomparison of US and Indian Gifted Education Programs

Graduation Date

Fall 2008

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name

Education

Program Director

Madalienne Peters, EdD

Abstract

This study examines the similarities and differences between the US and India in their approaches toward gifted education programs. Beginning with a look at the evolution of gifted education in America and the subsequent programs created under the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Education Program, American efforts to promote gifted education programs are investigated. Indian efforts at promoting gifted education programs will also follow a similar analysis. Beginning with an overview of the Indian educational system and culminating in the landmark National Policy on Education of 1986 that sparked national interest in promoting a unique gifted education program, Indian efforts toward gifted education will also be investigated. By comparing and contrasting both country’s efforts, this study attempts to uncover common global themes in gifted education which will farther the equity of gifted education throughout the world.

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