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ERIC Number: ED315945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 22
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Teachers' Assessment of Preschool and Primary Giftedness.
Wolfle, Jane; Southern, W. Thomas
This study examined traits considered most important in identifying giftedness in young children, as reported by teachers of preschool and primary grades. Sixty-six teachers in northwest Ohio and Virginia responded to a questionnaire listing items in the following categories: cognitive, personality, physical, creativity, talent, and social. Questionnaire items consisted of characteristics, traits, and behaviors both frequently associated with giftedness and having low correlation to giftedness. Results showed that teachers' experience and training made little difference in the characteristics valued, though responses were differentiated by age level taught. Cognitive traits were rated as more indicative of giftedness than any other group of traits, though teachers also seemed aware of traits that are often linked to creativity. Traits associated with talents were not widely cited or highly rated by the respondents. Teachers of preschool children valued personality traits and social development more than teachers of primary students. Four tables and 28 references are attached. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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