TALENT, vol.10, no.2, pp.176-189, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)
Epidemics have been seen to be effective in decision making processes of social structures and governments during the course of the Covid-19 epidemic,
a global epidemic in 2020. In this process, countries had to make changes in
their education policies and decided to continue the formal education process
via distance education. The Turkish Ministry of Education has decided to implement this process through the education information network (EBA) training module. The decision covers elementary, middle, and high school levels.
No module or training has been provided on EBA for students who have been
diagnosed as gifted. This research aims to describe the impact of distance
education, which is formed by a deceleration of formal education during the
Covid-19 process, on gifted children. The research is patterned by the basic
qualitative research method. Among the purposeful sampling methods, criteria sampling and snowball sampling methods were used as base while determining the participants. The research participants consist of the parents of
the elementary school students who were diagnosed with superior ability and
are present in formal education. Research data were collected by structured
interview form. The data obtained were analyzed descriptively. Although the
findings of the study indicate that the formal education process is more efficient, it has been observed that the curfew affects the students the most negatively. There are also views supporting that the process is beneficial in terms
of socialization and self-development. Other findings are included in the research findings
Key Words: Covid-19, online education, EBA, distance education, gifted students.