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ERIC Number: ED273399
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May
Pages: 41
Abstractor: N/A
Identification of Gifted Children among the American Indian Population: An Inservice Model.
Florey, Janice E.; And Others
An inservice training program designed to help teachers identify culturally different gifted students is described in this report, which provides specific information about identifying gifted Native Americans. Introductory material summarizes some research on the learning and behavioral characteristics of Native Americans as they differ from the predominant culture. The findings reported include reliance on non-verbal communication, use of undetailed verbal accounts, noncompetitiveness, belief in mythology rather than science, preference for anonymity and submissive behavior, and superior visual discrimination and fine motor skills. The remainder of the report outlines an inservice model which includes information on Native American values and learning/thinking styles, referral characteristics of gifted Native American students, screening and assessment procedures, culturally fair testing practices, and goals of the gifted program. Referral characteristics discussed include perceptiveness in judging environmental situations, strong creative abilities, and leadership skills within the individual's own cultural group. Lists of recommended tests include 12 tests of cognitive thinking, 4 of creative thinking, 3 of affective skills, and 7 qualitative measures such as student grades and parent questionnaires. The report's 17-item reference list is augmented by an appended bibliography which lists over 70 references on the culturally gifted individual; 23 are specific to American Indians and 14 to Mexicans and Mexican Americans. Information for the classroom teacher and handouts for teachers are also appended. (JHZ)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A