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ERIC Number: ED185169
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Pages: 38
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Nurturing the Potential of the Gifted Disadvantaged.
Passow, A. Harry
This paper traces the concept of the "gifted disadvantaged" child and reviews the development of educational resources for this special population. The National Merit Scholarship Program is described as an example of a program which, though designed to provide opportunities for students from all social strata, until 1964, did not initiate a separate competition for black students. Learning and achievement characteristics of disadvantaged children, as identified by various educational researchers, are discussed. Examples of programs for identifying and nurturing the disadvantaged gifted are described. Observations regarding goals and strategies in providing for the gifted disadvantaged population are also offered: (1) the general goal for this group is the same as that for the advantaged gifted; (2) differing school and neighborhood milieus and value systems affect the scholastic performance of students; (3) the disadvantaged student has an excellent capacity for problem solving; (4) the communications capabilities of these students must be understood and enhanced; (5) procedures for identifying the gifted disadvantaged must be broad; (6) differentiated curriculum is essential for instruction; (7) the teacher is important in the development of the gifted student; and (8) there must be an active partnership between the home; the community, and the school. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: College Discovery and Development Program; Demonstration Guidance Project; Upward Bound
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial National Conference on Disadvantaged Gifted/Talented (4th, New Orleans, LA, January 11-12, 1980)