ERIC Number: ED287242
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Intellectually Gifted Learning Disabled Students: A Special Study.
Hansford, Susan J.; And Others
The Intellectually Gifted/Learning Disabled Project investigated characteristics of this population and implications for educational programming. Twenty-three children, aged 7 to 16 years old, were identified through a referral process involving schools and parents. Only two subjects were female. A detailed analysis of school records; individual assessments of cognitive, affective, and language abilities; and parent interviews were utilized. An instructional component was designed to provide an appropriate and motivating educational program focusing on computer education; affective development; and a study of the brain, learning, and behavior. Among conclusions of the project were the following: that most schools identified students who were underachieving gifted children rather than learning disabled students (who would be expected to exhibit verbal-performance scale discrepancies and large amounts of subtest scatter); that successful learning disabled gifted individuals overcome their deficits by compensating with strengths; and that learning disabled gifted children may "alter the processing" of information by developing strategies using preferred performance modes. Among eight recommendations were the following: evaluate strengths and weaknesses in information processing; assist the development of metacognitive strategies; teach students to compensate for weaknesses by using strengths; develop higher order problem solving and information processing skills. (DB)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Gifted Disabled, Handicap Identification, Instructional Development, Learning Disabilities, Metacognition, Program Development, Referral, Student Characteristics, Student Evaluation, Talent Identification, Underachievement
The Council for Exceptional Children, Publication Sales, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091 ($12.85, Stock No. B625).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children, Reston, VA.