ПРОГРАМИ ПРОФЕСІЙНОЇ ПІДГОТОВКИ МАЙБУТНІХ УЧИТЕЛІВ ДО РОБОТИ З ОБДАРОВАНИМИ І ТАЛАНОВИТИМИ ШКОЛЯРАМИ В УНІВЕРСИТЕТАХ США, КАНАДИ ТА ВЕЛИКОБРИТАНІЇ
The Programs of future teachers’ professional training to work with gifted and talented students at universities in the USA, Canada and the UK
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In the article the programs of future teachers’ professional training to work with gifted and talented students at universities in the USA, Canada and the UK are characterized. It was found out that training of future teachers to work with gifted and talented in the USA, Canada and the UK is paid different attention, despite the fact that such a need is a nationally recognized educational priority policy in all countries. In the UK and Canada training teachers to work with this category of the students is carried out in the frames of «Special education» course. Unlike the UK, Canada introduced a number of elective courses in the frames of gifted and talented education master programmes for the teachers. In the USA, unlike the UK and Canada, a wide range of training programmes for future teachers to work with gifted and talented are introduced. The programme Master of Education in Instruction: Gifted and Talented, introduced at Wilmington University, is analyzed. This programme provides the candidates with theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed to enhance learning of gifted and talented pupils and ensuring their effectiveness as teachers and school leaders in education of gifted and talented. The program M. Ed. in Instruction: Gifted and Talented consists of 33 credits, among which 15 credits – special subjects related to the education of gifted and talented (Psychology of Gifted and Talented Learners – 3 credits, Curriculum Design and Instructional Strategies for G/T Learners – 3 credits, Creativity and Critical Thinking – 3 credits, Practicum: Gifted and Talented Learners – 3 credits); and 18 credits – core courses, including: Education for Equity and Social Justice – 3 credits, Assessment and Evaluation – 3 credits, Instructional Design – 3 credits, Culture and Learning Environments – 3 credits, Action Research – 6 credits. In order to complete practical assignments, the students have to undergo practical training in an educational institution or training centre. In addition, the student must prepare an E-Folio. Successful completion of the graduate program allows obtaining a qualification of a teacher of gifted and talented. Further research can be directed at comparative analysis of the graduate programmes of gifted and talented teachers in different US states.
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