Offering the most effective methods for gifted education program evaluation and improvement, this book acts as a critical guide for administrators, teachers, and researchers. The book reviews the program evaluation process, presents models and strategies for effective evaluation, and provides tools for using evaluation as a foundation for program improvement. Edited by Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska and Dr. Annie Xuemei Feng, this resource is intended to offer step-by-step guidance in effective program improvement from the nation's leading experts on the topic. Chapters cover survey construction and implementation, use of focus groups, assessment of classroom practices, outcome assessment, alignment with the best practice standards, strategies for synthesizing your findings, and much more. This unique resource is a critical piece of the program improvement process.
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Meet the Author
Joyce VanTassel-Baska is the Jody and Layton Smith Professor of Education at the College of William and Mary, where she initiated and serves as the executive director of the Center for Gifted Education. Formerly she initiated and directed the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University. VanTassel-Baska also has served as the state director of gifted programs in Illinois, a regional director, a local coordinator of gifted programs, and a teacher of gifted high school students. Her major research interests are in the talent development process and effective curricular interventions with the gifted.
She is the author of 22 books and has written more than 500 other publications on gifted education. She was the editor of Gifted and Talented International for several years and received the Distinguished Scholar Award in 1997 from the National Association for Gifted Children and the Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia in 1993. She received the Distinguished Alumna Achievement Award from the University of Toledo in 2003, the President’s Award from the World Council on Gifted and Talented in 2005, and the Collaboration and Diversity Service Award from CEC-TAG in 2007. She holds bachelor’s, master’s, and Ed.D. degrees from the University of Toledo.
Annie Xuemei Feng was research and evaluation director of the Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary until the fall of 2007 when she began employment as a researcher at the National Institution of Health in Bethesda, MD. Her research interests include curriculum effectiveness studies, program evaluation research, gender-relatedstudies, and cross-cultural research.