Date of Defense



Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Barbara Harris

Second Advisor

Dr. David Dynak

Third Advisor

Karen Crankshaw


The field of gifted and talented education is full of controversial issues. People have questioned the need for specialized educational programs for students who show academic potential, as this seems to give an unfair advantage to those students who already possess the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in school. Also, being in specialized programs often has a negative stigma that comes with the label of "gifted and talented," which can have social and academic effects on students. There are many questions concerning the efficacy of elementary school gifted and talented programs. One question is whether or not these programs make significant, lasting differences in the lives of most of the students involved that justify the expenses and offset the possible negative effects on the students.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only