ERIC Number: ED154076
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
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Unmined Gold: Potentially Gifted Children of the Inner City.
Boothby, Paula R.; Lacoste, Ronald J.
In the present decade, the United States has reaffirmed its commitment to the maximum development of all children. This commitment includes each of the estimated 2.5 million gifted children in the country. As part of this commitment, the Office of Education has formulated a new and broadened definition of giftedness. However, even with a broadened definition, it appears difficult to break through the stereotypical view of giftedness in order to identify children who may be gifted and disadvantaged, or who may have a cognitive style different from the styles generally used in norm referenced standardized achievement tests. The problems involved with identifying disadvantaged gifted minority children are rooted in deeply held assumptions about intelligence and giftedness. In attempting to respond to the needs of inner city gifted children, not only must the definition of giftedness be broadened, but the mainstream culture's philosophy underlying that definition must be expanded. This definition with its new philosophical foundation could prompt the creation of programs leading to a compromise between integration of minority gifted into the mainstream of logical thought and the presentation of the unique conceptual style of the minority child. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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