School Developments through the "Revolving Door Model" in Germany. A qualitative Empirical Study analyzing Selection Criteria and School Support Programs for Gifted Young Students in Germany
Dr. Silvia Greiten

In Germany the Revolving-Door-Model is considered to be an established and well-known conception for promoting young gifted students. This model as well as the Enrichment Model goes back to Joseph Renzulli. Schools in the Netherlands and Germany began to develop their own conceptions in the 1980ies. This paper focuses two questions: How has the model developed in Germany? Which criteria for participation in the model are applied in the German school system? Data collection for analyzing the Revolving-Door-Model was effected by applying questionnaires in 42 schools. The evaluation was carried out by analyzing the content. 17 different models revealing a wide variety of structures in school systems could be identified. However, contrary to Renzulli┬┤s concept, the selection of students in Germany is predominantly focused on grades of performance. The priority assigned to diagnostic being affected in many differentiating ways in the original model can hardly be found in german models. This article presents the different promotion programs within the context of the Revolving-Door-Model, the different forms of diagnostic as well as the selection criteria established when collecting the data about the students in school.

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