Competency 2: Create Knowledge

    Narrative

    For the first part of the competency, “demonstrates ability to describe common research methods in discipline,” I chose a Trend Analysis paper from EDPS 52003, Theories and Trends. I describe the benefits of problem-based learning (PBL) through various research methods. This paper includes an amalgamation of both qualitative and quantitative research to further advance the importance of using PBL in the classroom. Because of my background in marketing, I had previous knowledge and experience with qualitative and quantitative research and was able to implement this throughout the paper.

    I chose my Research Paper from EDPS 695, Practicum in Gifted Education, to demonstrate the second and third parts of the competencies, “demonstrates ability to read and evaluate research related to discipline” and “applies research findings to the solution of common problems in discipline.” In gifted education, differentiation is one way to provide extra challenges for students with exceptional abilities. In order to better reach gifted students from underserved populations, different methods of identifying students is necessary. Throughout this paper, I identify several different ways of identifying gifted students including teacher nominations, IQ tests, grades, traits, and more. In particular, I hone the importance of identifying gifted students of color, based on Dr. Donna Ford’s work with Black gifted students. I apply these different methods of identification to create multiple alternatives and options for the identification of gifted students.

    Identification is the first step for more suitable educational opportunities for advanced students. Ford’s work aims to bridge achievement and opportunity gaps by “increasing access to Gifted and AP classes (Ford 2021).” There are often misconceptions in gifted education that traditional testing and grades were the only identifiers of giftedness. We now know that giftedness is multifaceted and with the changing populations of students, nontraditional methods of identification should be considered for the most accurate results. Part of my work includes assisting with parents who suspect their child might be gifted. This knowledge has helped me explain the different types of giftedness and has helped me assist parents in breaking stereotypes about what giftedness is or what it should look like. As a society, I believe we’re starting to recognize how people may be gifted in different areas. I would like to see public schools emulate these beliefs and recognize the different nuances and levels that giftedness brings, and adapt school structures accordingly.

    References

    ​​“Donna y Ford, Gifted Education and Black Students.” DrDonnaYFord, https://www.drdonnayford.com/. 

    Artifacts

    EDPS 69500: Research Paper

    EDCI 52003: Trend Analysis Paper

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