ANABILIM UYEP Model: A Special Program Model for Self-Contained Classrooms for the Gifted in Turkey Paper Presentation
Author(s): Ugur Sak, (Anadolu University, Turkey), Goksen Akyol, (Anabilim Schools, Turkey), Kamer Saglam, (Anabilim Schools, Turkey), Tuba Aksoy, (Anabilim Schools, Turkey), Sema Dora, (Anabilim Schools, Turkey), Sinem Ozdek, (Anabilim Schools, Turkey), Yasemin Karakan, (Anabilim Schools, Turkey)
The purpose of this talk is to describe the ANABILIM UYEP model developed for the education of gifted students in self-contained classrooms at the ANABILIM Schools in Istanbul and to report its effects on gifted students’ development after attending these programs from the 1st grade to the 3rd grade. The ANABILIM UYEP model has been developed with a collaboration with experts based on the program model of the EPTS (Education Programs for Talented Students) founded at Anadolu University. The model has four components: identification, curriculum, assessment and teacher training. The identification includes the use of domain-specific and domain general criteria with varying threshold levels depending on students’ performance on each criteria. Students are selected based on their performance either on general ability, academic ability or on more specific domains, such as the arts. The curriculum of the Program is four-corner, consisting of analytical, creative and practical abilities and the national standards. Differentiated programs are developed using 155 subskills (3rd level skills) of 45 broad skills (2nd level skills) of analytical, creative and practical abilities with and integration of the national standards in each grade level. In the self-contained classrooms, gifted students take five differentiated courses (analytical reading, science and me, the world of science, the world of mathematics, life studies, and thematic reading and creative writing) besides the mandatory courses described by the Ministry of Education from the 1st to the 4th grade. The assessment of the program for the last three years showed that gifted students had significant gains in their reading and mathematical abilities. This presentation will include a detail description of each component of the program as an exemplary model in the field of gifted education and research results obtained in the last years.