ERIC Number: ED365007
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar-21
Reference Count: N/A
Developing and Implementing a Program To Improve School Success for Minority Students.
Bigelow, Rita-Anne Z.
This practicum was designed and implemented to reduce the underrepresentation of minority students in gifted programs, and to help minority students improve their academic achievement in Westmoreland County, Virginia. The practicum involved examining the gifted student nomination/identification process to see if instruments or procedures were culturally biased. Alternatives were implemented, the nomination/identification form was adapted to include an expanded case study approach, and gifted staff development on cultural diversity was conducted. Staff development focused on instructional systems that are recommended specifically when working with black students. Results of the practicum were positive--minority students receiving gifted services increased, a significant number of minority students improved their academic achievement, and teachers felt that staff development assisted them with classroom climate and instructional strategies. (Contains 45 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Ability Identification, Academic Achievement, Black Students, Cultural Differences, Educational Diagnosis, Elementary School Students, Gifted, High Risk Students, Inservice Teacher Education, Intermediate Grades, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Minority Groups, Program Development, Program Implementation, Staff Development, Test Bias
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Westmoreland County School District VA
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova University.