ERIC Number: ED228778
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Talent Search and Development in the Visual and Performing Arts. User's Guide.
Niro, Lynne D.; Wolf, Mary Hunter
A program to identify culturally-diverse adolescents with the potential of becoming gifted adults is described, and instructions for conducting theater activities are presented. "Talent Search and Development Model Project" of the New Haven Connecticut School System involves middle schools serving primarily Black and Hispanic (bilingual) students. The theatre and visual arts experiences are part of a developmental identification process to discover talent. Based on the assistance of the Center for Theatre Techniques in Education, activities are organized around four objectives: to develop a sense of community, to release imagination, to train concentration, and to sharpen awareness of environment. The developmental identification process involves initial screening, the theatre techniques program, and preparation for secondary school gifted and talented programs for students with demonstrated ability. The Torrance Test of Creative Thinking is used as one of the initial talent search screening measures, as well as a before/after measure of growth for the theatre techniques program. The Differential Aptitude Tests are a second screening instrument. To assist other school systems that wish to implement a similar program, this publication includes: information on organizing theatre sessions, including sample exercises; a Student Assessment Checklist to record the instructor's observations of the student's performance and rate of growth; and specific guidelines for replication of the model program. (SEW)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Gifted and Talented (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Theatre Techniques in Education, Inc., Stratford, CT.