Date of Award

Fall 12-2013

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis


Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

First Advisor

Stacy Reeves

Advisor Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education


Today’s educators face the daunting challenge of presenting mandated curriculum content to a very diverse set of students. Furthermore, their success as an educator is often determined by the scores their students earn on standardized tests at the year’s end. Focus is therefore shifted to the struggling student population, and meanwhile, the advanced learners may be left to their own devices, at least as far as their education is concerned. While pullout programs are in place in some school districts, students usually spend the majority of their time in the regular education classroom, where their needs must be adequately met. In this study, several resources discussing the differentiation of education for gifted students in the regular classroom are examined and reported concisely. Teachers need to know where to begin their quest for information on the subject of differentiation, and they have no time to spare. It is the researcher’s hope that this study will provide teachers with a solid starting point.