ERIC Number: ED206891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Final Report of Project S.I.D. (Strength in Differences), July 1, 1980-June 30, 1981.
Wolfe, Mary; Ward, Mary Jane
Project S.I.D. (Strength in Differences) had two major objectives: (l) to test the hypothesis that aspects of teaching media used in vocational education courses can correlate positively with aspects of the characteristics and learning styles of gifted and talented students; and (2) to generate a handbook that suggests supplementary activities that may strengthen such a correlation, or may introduce it where it does not currently exist. All teaching materials (texts, syllabi, tests, work sheets, etc.) used in four selected high school programs in a New Jersey comprehensive vocational technical school were analyzed within the framework of the Structure of Intellect model, and a "strength profile" of relevant factors was developed. This "strength profile" was compared with a similar "strength profile" of gifted/talented students developed from the Guilford model (Structure of Intellect) by the SOI Institute, and by corroboration from other studies of the characteristics and learning styles of gifted/talented youngsters. Areas of strong positive correlation were found, as were areas of strong negative correlation. The handbook that was developed focused on areas of moderate correlation in order to strengthen positive effects of supplementary activities. Although the study was conducted on a small sampling of material, it may be interpreted to show that links do exist between vocational education programs and the learning characteristics of gifted/talented students; and that vocational technical schools can fully challenge the most able students in certain areas. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Burlington County Coll., Pemberton, NJ.