ERIC Number: ED166864
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Design Exploration for Talented Elementary Students. Evaluation 1976-77. Alexandria Public Schools Program for the Gifted and Talented.
Morra, Frank, Jr.
Presented is the 1976-77 evaluation report of the Alexandria Program for the Gifted and Talented, a multi-dimensional approach to the differentiated education of children in grades 4 through 6 with exceptional abilities in both the cognitive and artistic areas. In Section I, an overview of the program is provided and it is explained that special attention was given to academic achievement, development of creativity, social relations, self concept, and positive attitudes toward school and learning. Considered separately in the following five sections are the methodology and results of the analyses of student test data, data from the survey of parents, teacher survey data, 3-year trends in student test data, and the expanded comparison study. Among conclusions from each section are the following: basic problems were in the areas of creativity, attitude toward school, and in some aspects of social relations; parents believed that the program was beneficial to their child's progress in school; overall, the teachers gave only "average" ratings to the programs; the longitudinal analysis supported the merits of the program; and in comparison with a random sample of students from the general school population and those who had been part of the gross screening pprocess, the program was found to have beneficial effects consistent with its goals. Appended materials include a description of the instruments used in the study, an explanation of statistical terms, a summary of parent comments, and specimen copies of parent and teacher survey forms. (SBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For related information, see EC 104 197; Graphs contain occasional small print; Research prepared by Frank Morra and Associates, Washington, D.C.