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ERIC Number: ED133939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Oct
Pages: 205
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Gifted Children: Their Relative Levels of Scholastic Achievement and Interests. Teachers' Views on Their Educational Needs.
Painter, Frieda
Compared were the attainments and other characteristics of 73 gifted and 64 average-bright control primary school children, selected on the basis of a Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale score of 140 and over, and 130 and under; and also of two subgroups obtaining IQ 160 and over, and 120 and under. Questionnaires were designed for and completed by the sample pupils, their parents, and teachers in respect of physical, educational, and social development, and home interests. A fourth questionnaire, requesting the views of 149 Head Teachers of primary schools on the educational needs of children in the top 1% to 2% of intellectual ability, was distributed. The major result found was that for many of the comparisons, the levels of attainment of the control group and the low IQ subgroup, relative to their measured ability, were greater than those recorded for the gifted groups. The questionnaires completed for the sample students showed greater variations in levels of attainment and in width of interests for the gifted as compared with the control group. The teachers originally nominated 15% of the gifted sample as controls and classified only 27% as having an attainment level of 1 year or more above the class average. The majority view of 80% of the separate group of Head Teachers was that gifted children had special needs which could be catered for in primary schools. Teacher and parent nomination produced a biased sample of gifted children, which might be avoided by a random selection and group test screening of all students. (Author/SBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Author: Mid-Herts College, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England