The Special Education Headstart Program of Isabela, Philippines
Keywords:Headstart Program, Philippines Headstart, gifted and talented preschoolers, gifted learners
This study determined the status of Headstart Program in Isabela, Philippines. Specifically, it assessed the following; (1) Headstart Program organization; (2) screening of gifted and talented preschoolers; (3) qualifying gifted preschoolers based on prescribed indicators; (4) Headstart teachers’ level of competencies; (5) implementation of preferred curriculum; (6) evidence of preferred Headstart teaching and learning strategies; (7) programs and services; (8) evaluating progress of gifted and talented preschoolers; and (9) support systems of Headstart program. Descriptive survey method was used through data collection such as interviews and documentation. Instruments comprised checklists, interview questions, recordings and documents. Participants were school administrators, teachers and parents of Headstart preschoolers in five public schools with Headstart Program in Isabela, Philippines. Frequency count, percentage, weighted mean, and rating scale with descriptive interpretations were utilized. Findings show that the level of implementation of each of the nine aspects of Headstart Program in Isabela was “very evident”. Results imply affirmation of participants on the program operation. In conclusion, there is a smooth flow of execution and program goals are attained. However, implementation Headstart Program aspects still need improvement. Same investigation is recommended to be conducted with other group of learners of Gifted Education in the country.
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