ERIC Number: ED349736
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
A Comparison of the Attitudes of Black and White Students toward Academically Gifted Programs.
Butler, Nancy L.
This study compared the attitudes of Black and White students in academically gifted programs to determine if attitudes of Black students toward giftedness and toward their peers in programs for the gifted are a factor in the under-representation of Black students in gifted programs. Sixty-five students in ninth grade in a Richmond, Virginia, school for the gifted, who had attended a regular public school program for the gifted the year before, were surveyed, with usable responses from 15 Black students and 33 White students. Survey results indicated that there were no significant differences in attitudes of Black and White gifted students toward giftedness and toward people in programs for the gifted. All Black students and 97% of White students were pleased to be identified as academically gifted. The majority of all students enjoyed programs for the gifted and felt that they were worthwhile. All the Black students and 85% of White students felt they learned a lot from their classes for the gifted. While a small percentage of Black students indicated more negative attitudes by peers, this was offset by more White students who felt left out of activities by their friends and who were teased about being in the gifted program. The paper concludes with suggestions for including more Black students in programs for the academically gifted. An appendix contains comments by gifted Black students and bar graphs depicting responses by Black and White students on each questionnaire item. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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