University of Phoenix
SPE/514: Survey of Special Populations
October 27, 2011
For this assignment I was tasked with writing a reflection paper based off of an interview conducted with a family member, friend, or acquaintance who is considered a diverse learner. The body of this work will describe my interviewee’s exceptionality, experience in education, and interaction with peers. Lastly I will take into consideration how the interviewee’s experience might have been different based on appropriate accommodations. The person I chose to interview is my son, Markese Latrell Bohanon. Markese is in his senior year at Zion Christian Academy and honing in on which institution he will attend as he prepares for the next leg of his educational journey. Markese is gifted and talented according to the views held by former U.S. Commissioner of Education Sidney Marland and the laws subsequently passed by Congress which incorporated his concepts. According to PL 95-561 and its similarly worded mate, PL 100-297: “Gifted and talented means children, and whenever possible, youth who are identified at the preschool, elementary, or secondary level as possessing demonstrated or potential abilities that give evidence of high performance capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, specific academic or leadership ability, or in the performing or visual arts, and who by reason thereof require services or activities not ordinarily provided by the school” (Werts, Culatta, & Tompkins, 2007). Markese has consistently performed well on standardized tests, continues to seek out opportunities to demonstrate his leadership ability, and recently scored over 1200 on the SAT examination. Markese attended Department of Defense Schools (DoDDS) here on Okinawa from first through third grade and received a solid educational foundation. He reluctantly transferred to Zion Christian Academy at the beginning of...