ERIC Number: ED334807
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Gifted Youth at Risk: A Report of a National Study.
VanTassel-Baska, Joyce; And Others
This study explored the nature and extent of programs and services available for culturally diverse and economically disadvantaged gifted learners. Data were gathered through a questionnaire survey of directors of gifted programs in 49 states and territories and a questionnaire survey of 51 local school districts that have active programs for at-risk gifted learners. Analysis of the state-level data focused on definitions of "disadvantagement," program standards for the at-risk gifted population, identification practices, and funding. Analysis of data from school districts dealt with: application of the disadvantagement definition; types of differential programming; and program evaluation. Besides providing results of the study, this report offers a comprehensive review of the current knowledge about programs and services for the target population. Each chapter offers policy recommendations, and the report concludes with nine suggestions for a working agenda, such as initiating the use of multiple measures and encouraging the use of a "tryout" program as part of the selection paradigm. Appendices contain 13 program abstracts from local school districts, the state questionnaire, and the local school district questionnaire. (78 references) (JDD)
Descriptors: Ability Identification, Cultural Differences, Definitions, Delivery Systems, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Gifted Disadvantaged, High Risk Students, National Surveys, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, School Districts, Standards, State Departments of Education, Teaching Methods
Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Dr., Reston VA 22091-1589 ($17.50, $12.25 members; publication no. P347).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; ERIC Publications; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
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.