ERIC Number: ED027099
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Decade of Seminars for the Able and Ambitious.
Porter, Robert M.
Two hundred sixty secondary students from 33 schools took part in a program of Saturday seminars funded by Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The program was operated by the Catskill Area School Study Council for academically gifted, rural students to provide intellectual activity and stimulation beyond that offered in their local schools. Students were selected from the top quartile on national norms for the School and College Ability Tests, class standing, scores achieved on standardized IQ tests, and from recommendations of principals, counselors, and teachers as to academic ability, marks, drive, and estimated ability to profit from the seminar experience. No examinations, compulsory assignments, or grades were given in the seminars, which were considered explorations in realms of knowledge to provide readiness for later academic work. Seminars were offered in areas such as data processing, psychology, organic chemistry, and expository writing. Although little evaluation of the program was made, evidence of how students and instructors felt about the seminars at their conclusion and how school administrators, counselors, and teachers viewed the program are included in the document. (JH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Division of Plans and Supplementary Centers, BESE.
Authoring Institution: Catskill Area School Study Council, Oneonta, NY.
Identifiers: Saturday Seminars for Able and Ambitious Students