Online Instruction in Gifted Education: Research to Salvage the Best from Face2Face Instruction
Joyce E. Kyle Miller
Department of Curriculum and Instruction; Texas A&M University-Commerce, USA
What types of discussion prompts trigger critical thinking in an online teacher education graduate class?  What types of discussion prompts cause in-service teachers to connect, to apply and to create novel ideas?  A qualitative analysis of the discussion prompts and posts from selected online teacher education courses taught since 2007 was conducted.   Edward DeBono's Six Thinking Hats strategy was used to classify the discussion posts.  Application of DeBono’s strategy revealed that discussion prompts designed to yield critical thinking accomplished its purpose. 
The application of Edward DeBono’s Six Thinking Hats resulted in the demonstration of how teachers can use the strategy in crafting discussions, class projects and activities appropriate for all students.   The point of this presentation is that not all discussion prompts are equal.  Prompts should be intentionally crafted to trigger a desired level of thought.
Joyce E. Kyle Miller is a faculty member at Texas A & M University-Commerce, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, program coordinator for Gifted Education and Secondary Education graduate programs.  Dr. Miller has taught English and Spanish in middle schools and high schools. 
She holds the Bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish, the Master’s degree in Secondary Education and the PhD in Supervision, Curriculum, and Instruction from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas;  gifted education post-doctoral studies were completed at UNT and the University of Connecticut-Storrs.  Dr. Miller’s research agenda includes curriculum and instruction, cultural diversity, gifted education issues addressing identification and social and emotional needs of gifted children of color and online graduate instruction in gifted education.