chapter  12
Gifted, talented or educationally disadvantaged? The case for including ‘giftedness’ in teacher education programs
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Keywords: ability grouping, acceleration, selective schools, underachievement, dropout, labeling, heterogeneous, homogeneous, differentiation, twice-exceptional

This chapter argues that the presumption that gifted education practices confl ict with the principles of inclusion is erroneous. However, there are distinct educational disadvantages for gifted students in classrooms where teachers do not appropriately differentiate instruction to match the needs of those students. A critical role for teacher education for inclusion is debunking myths around giftedness and preparing preservice teachers to accept their responsibility for educating gifted students.