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ERIC Number: ED342468
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Identification of Minority Inner-City Gifted Preschool Children.
Louis, Barbara; And Others
A total of 948 minority children of 2-5 years of age from inner-city areas of Newark, New Jersey participated in a study that aimed to identify gifted preschool children. The study was designed to develop and validate a screening instrument and establish an enrichment program that would nurture the unique abilities of the gifted children. The screening device consisted of six age-specific forms, each with 12-18 items that required the child to perform certain cognitive tasks. The screening took approximately 15 minutes to administer. In order to evaluate the effectiveness and validity of the screening tool, 355 of the children also received a full assessment battery. These children were grouped in a way that allowed for a comparison of groups selected by the screening tool, teacher nomination, and chance. Five percent of the children were identified as gifted, compared to the 0.4 percent who, at that time, were identified as gifted by the Newark school system upon their entrance to first grade. The results indicated several points, including the following: (1) there are gifted children in economically deprived areas; (2) gifted children in inner-city populations are seriously under-identified; (3) early identification and intervention are crucial to guarantee that gifted preschoolers do not get lost in the system. The Inner-City Gifted Behavioral Form is appended. (LB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey (Newark)