ERIC Number: ED040515
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Prediction and Modification of Human Talent in Senior High Schools: Dimensions and Criteria of Talented Behavior. Final Report.
McGuire, Carson; And Others
The cultivation of talented behavior necessitates identification of (1) the personality attributes inherent in the individual that can serve as predictors of subsequent talented behavior; and (2) the processes by which personality attributes can be reinforced or modified to produce subsequent socially valued behavior. A longitudinal study of Texas public school students was undertaken to isolate factors that would predict academic achievement in high school. Three dimensions of antecedent behavior consistently appear as dimensions of successful intellectual activity: (1) convergent thinking, the ability to give a culturally appropriate response; (2) divergent thinking, the ability to devise new forms and ideas; and (3) symbol aptitude, the ability to recognize and manipulate symbols. The appropriate model for the process of cultivating talented behavior is the dyadic interaction model, which treats the human person as a function of successive reciprocal stimulations between any two of the elements person, culture, and significant others. Extensive multiple regression analysis supports the contention that a small set of variables postulated to be basic dimensions of human behavior are successful in predicting high school academic achievement, and that these predictor variables retain stability across several samples. [Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document.] (RA)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Research and Development Center for Teacher Education.