Preparing School Leaders to Meet the Needs of Gifted Learners in Saudi Primary Schools Almalky, Abdullah en_US 2022-03-15T12:51:28Z 2022-03-15T12:51:28Z 2021 en_US
dc.description.abstract Gifted and talented individuals play an important role in the development of their country and the world. The effect of educating high-ability individuals is observed not only in high levels of achievement and competition wins but also in the prosperity of the individual s country. This qualitative case study research aims to provide research based evidence for developing programs to prepare school principals to meet the needs of gifted students in schools. The research data were obtained from eight primary schools that run programs for gifted students in Saudi Arabia. The data were collected from diverse case studies (high-performing [HP] and low-performing [LP] schools) from rural and urban areas in Saudi Arabia. The data were obtained by conducting semi-structured interviews with eight school principals and eight gifted education (GE) teachers and coordinators, conducting focus groups with 51 gifted students, and analysing four policy documents. The findings of the study reveal a lack of essential knowledge and skills among principals related to GE. However, principals of HP cases were more aware of and more concerned with addressing the needs of gifted students compared with principals of LP cases. In addition, principals of HP schools were mostly instructional leaders, whereas LP schools were mostly led by building managers. Rural principals were socially oriented, whereas urban principals were policy and functionally driven. Based on these findings, the study proposes two training models: a principal preparation program (PPP)-fix model for LP schools, and a PPP-prevention model for other schools. The study recommends an urgent revision of GE policy in Saudi Arabia and a clear definition of principals responsibilities towards gifted students. In addition, the study urges ministries of education and universities to consider including GE in PPPs and teacher preparation programs to help meet the needs of gifted students in schools. en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher UNSW, Sydney en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.subject.other Policy en_US
dc.subject.other Gifted education en_US
dc.subject.other School leadership en_US
dc.title Preparing School Leaders to Meet the Needs of Gifted Learners in Saudi Primary Schools en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dcterms.accessRights open access
dcterms.rightsHolder Almalky, Abdullah
dspace.entity.type Publication en_US
unsw.accessRights.uri 2022-02-23 en_US
unsw.description.embargoNote Embargoed until 2022-02-23
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Almalky, Abdullah, Education, Arts Design & Architecture, UNSW en_US School of Education *
unsw.thesis.degreetype PhD Doctorate en_US
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