Poster Presentation 19 — Unveiling the Potential: Exploring Early Childhood Gifted Education in Saudi Arabia — Bahjah Alsulami & Nancy B. Hertzog
Monday, May 20, 2024, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Student Union Ballroom, Rooms 330/331
The purpose of this study was to explore the landscape of early childhood gifted education in Saudi Arabia, focusing on how educators provide early childhood education to academically advanced students and the challenges and barriers they face during this process. This study conducted semi-structured interviews with five female early childhood education teachers in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The findings of this interview revealed that the educators are knowledgeable about their students’ strengths and talents, enabling them to differentiate instruction to meet individual needs effectively. However, these educators encountered notable challenges despite their demonstrated ability to differentiate instruction according to individual needs. These challenges primarily revolved around the availability of high-quality resources, opportunities for professional development, and the formal recognition of academically advanced students within the early childhood education context. The study underscores the need for further support and resources to enhance the quality of gifted education in the early childhood context, ultimately contributing to the holistic development of these students in Saudi Arabia.