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Title: Investigating lebanese primary school teachers' perceptions of gifted and highly able students
Authors: Antoun, Maya 
Kronborg, Leonie
Plunkett, Margaret
Affiliations: Department of Education 
Keywords: Gifted
Teacher attitudes
Primary education
Mixed methods
Subjects: Culture
Issue Date: 2020
Part of: Gifted and talented international journal
Volume: 35
Issue: 1
Start page: 39
End page: 57
This article outlines findings of a study that investigated perceptions of Lebanese primary school teachers in relation to gifted/highly able students. While there are no specific policy or formal school practices for gifted students in Lebanon, education is nonetheless highly regarded. The aim of the study was to determine whether there were cultural differences in the way giftedness in students was perceived and supported by teachers at the primary school level in comparison to Western conceptualizations and provisions. A study utilizing qualitative and quantitative methods underpinned the gathering of data from 281 teachers across three governorates of Lebanon. Of the 281 teachers who completed the survey, 12 also participated in the qualitative component, which involved individual semistructured interviews. Findings suggested a generally positive attitude by teachers but also an acknowledgment of limited awareness of evidence based on Western understandings and practices associated with gifted education. The resultant data provided insights regarding the implementation of effective teacher education and concomitant support to improve identification.
DOI: 10.1080/15332276.2020.1783398
Ezproxy URL: Link to full text
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Department of Education

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