Reis, S. M., Burns, D. E., & Renzulli, J. S. (1992). Curriculum compacting: The complete guide to modifying the regular curriculum for high ability students. Mansfield Center, CT: Creative Learning Press.
Please keep your answers brief (75 – 125 words).
- Define curriculum compacting in three sentences or less.
- Differentiate between the diagnosis and prescription component of compacting for gifted students versus that of remedial education.
- Compacting is not synonymous with either enrichment or acceleration. Explain.
- Explain the rationale for compacting. How is this related to the concept of the “dumbing down” of curriculum?
- Approximately what percentage of the basal language arts and mathematics curriculum could be eliminated for 10-15% of the students in the general population?
- What decision did the Commission on Excellence in Education recommend with regard to the placement and grouping of gifted students in 1983?
- Explain what is meant by “streamlining”.
- Outline the seven steps involved in compacting curriculum for above average ability students.
- Differentiate between basic skills compacting and content compacting and give an example of each.
- How might compacting affect a gifted student’s motivation and performance in the classroom?
- What are some alternatives to formal, paper-pencil pre-testing?
- How might you offer instruction to a student who is eligible for compacting but who has not yet mastered some of the objectives in a given unit? Illustrate your answer with an example.
- How is the time saved by compacting best used and who (not including the classroom teacher) is a prime determinant of how the time is spent?
- Explain the main purpose of an Interest-A-Lyzer.
- Give examples of some alternative activities that might be available to students whose curriculum has been substantially compacted.
- What were some of the earliest forms of acceleration or “compression”? Are they still valid today?
- Explain the concept of an Interest Development Center and why it is not a substitute for a differentiated curriculum for gifted students.
- Outline the basic steps in guiding gifted students through an independent study.