ERIC Number: ED104095
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Gifted and Talented: A Handbook for Parents. Working Draft.
Delp, Jeanne L.; Martinson, Ruth A.
The working draft of the handbook for parents of gifted and talented children provides information in characteristics of the gifted, educational neglect of the gifted, and parent role. Discussed are the importance of identifying the gifted and typical characteristics such as exceptional academic achievement, a wide range of interests, and independence of thought. Statistics on fiscal support and personnel needs are given to support the contention that the gifted are educationally neglected. Causes of this neglect are thought to include failing to identify the gifted and negative attitudes resulting in underachievement, self-doubt, and conformity by many gifted children. Results of a questionnaire sent to 100 parents of gifted children are reported to show that gifted children have many out of school interests and have some satisfying school experiences but many school related problems. Brief answers are provided for typical questions asked by parents such as "What can you do about underachievers?" and "Will a special class create competition and bad feelings?" A final chapter on the role of parents gives suggestions at the preschool and school age levels including such things as flexible school attendance to allow the child to participate in out of school educational activities. Provided are guidelines for organizing a parent association, addresses of existing associations, and a bibliography of books for gifted children or their parents. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Office for Gifted and Talented.
Authoring Institution: Ventura County Superintendent of Schools, CA.