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Talent. 2015; 5(2): 110-132

Gifted and Talented Education in Turkey: Critics and Prospects

Uğur Sak, M. Bahadır Ayas, Bilge Bal Sezerel, Ercan.

This article is a review and critics of gifted education
in Turkey. Gifted education in Turkey
has undergone dramatic changes in recent
years. Innovations and regulations in the education
of gifted and talented students have
emerged and been formed as a result of a
global agenda of the country. New steps such
as the establishment of science high schools
have been taken at specific critical point in history.
With the beginning of the 21st century, the
education of gifted students has gained momentum
with the national strategic plan on
gifted education and establishment of gifted
education departments in universities. In the
last fifteen years, the number of special programs
and scientific publications has multiplied.
Even though gifted education in Turkey
has progressed notably over years, certain
problems still remain unsolved, such as inconsistencies
in definitions and contradictions between
definitions and practices, inefficiency in
nationwide identification, inadequate number
of program types, recruitment of untrained
teachers and lack of expertise in program development,
and opposition against gifted education.

Key words: gifted education, Turkey

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