Distance education: Possibilities for the individualization of the highly able students instruction in the school and the family
Javier Tourón y Marta Tourón
In this paper a number of ideas related to distance education and its role in teaching and learning are considered. Although these considerations have been made thinking principally of highly able students, our aim has been to generalize the possibilities of diversification and flexibility in the curriculum for any student be they highly able or not.
It is true that the most capable students present special characteristics as regards the way they learn, as is obvious, but no less so is that, if we attend the principals which govern the teaching-learning process, all of the students should benefit from learning at their own pace, frequent evaluation, prescriptive teaching, etc. All of these being characteristics of good teaching. Perhaps, for this reason, it would be just to state that when teaching highly able students is taken seriously, all the school is benefited. The paper ends with some specific considerations on the distance education model which is followed in CTY Spain, charter member of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth International, a center which is highly recognized throughout the world as regards attention given to highly able students everywhere.
Key Words: Distance education, talent development, diversity in the classroom, curricular flexibility.
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