Publication Date

Spring 2020

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dr. Julia Roberts Director), Dr. Antonia Szymanski, Dr. Mary Evans

Degree Program

School of Teacher Education

Degree Type

Specialist in Education


This research study investigates teacher practices with young gifted learners and provides recommendations to increase the effectiveness of the Primary Talent Pool through examination of the program as it is implemented in four Kentucky school districts. Gifted coordinators were interviewed and primary (kindergarten-third grade) teachers were surveyed. Though each school has different methods for meeting the needs of high potential learners, there are commonalities across all seven schools represented. The present findings indicate teachers feel confident in their ability to recognize high potential in academic areas. Teachers are comfortable using differentiation, and often differentiate to support gifted learners.


Early Childhood Education | Elementary Education | Gifted Education