Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Julia Roberts (Director), Mary Evans, Janet Tassell

Degree Program

Educational Leadership

Degree Type

Specialist in Education


This study explores the impact of teacher perception on the instruction and identification of gifted students. All certified teachers in a local elementary school were invited to complete a survey addressing the state of gifted training opportunities and personal perceptions of giftedness in multiple capacities. Results from the survey led to the discussion of four themes: the support for gifted students in the traditional classroom, the amount of professional training for teachers, the identification of gifted students, and the fact that all teachers impact gifted students and their instruction.


Education | Educational Leadership | Gifted Education | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences