ERIC Number: ED030989
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1962-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Early Identification of the Gifted through Interage Grouping. End of Year Report, June 1962.
Plainedge Public Schools, Bethpage, NY.
To determine the advantages of interage grouping, 18 first graders (mean IQ 118.65) were assigned to two interage classes containing first, second, and third graders; 19 first graders (mean IQ 119.60) were assigned to two straight first grade classes. All children selected had been recommended by their kindergarten teachers as their brightest students. Both groups were given the Metropolitan Achievement Test, Primary I Battery in the fall and Primary II Battery in the spring. Students in the interage condition performed at a higher level on all achievement scales; group means were significant on word discrimination and arithmetic (p .01). Students selected as evidencing initial adjustment problems showed greater gains than their controls on all four scales. However, they achieved significantly lower scores on the California Test of Personality. The parents of children in both conditions responded favorably to questions concerning their children's reactions to school, their adjustments in and out of school, and their interest in reading. The parents of children in the interage program provided significantly higher ratings on the richness and variety of classroom experiences and the motivations provided to challenge the child to make use of his talents. The California Test of Personality revealed no significant differences in social adjustment of interage as opposed to straight grade classes. (Author/BB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adjustment (to Environment), Administration, Age Differences, Elementary School Students, Exceptional Child Research, Experimental Programs, Gifted, Grade 1, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Identification, Multigraded Classes, Parent Attitudes, Program Evaluation, Social Adjustment, Student Evaluation, Testing
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany.
Authoring Institution: Plainedge Public Schools, Bethpage, NY.