ERIC Number: ED357532
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Correcting Cultural Myopia: The Discovery and Nurturance of the Culturally Different Gifted and Talented in New Zealand.
This paper addresses the problem of identifying and developing talent in children from culturally different backgrounds in New Zealand. The paper offers examples of how even applying the recommended "best practice" of multi-dimensional identification approaches can be inadequate for identifying gifted children from Maori, Polynesian, or other cultural minority backgrounds. It reviews the literature to show how gifted minority children from these specific cultures can be underidentified by each of five recommended methods of identification usually included in multidimensional identification methods: (1) teacher identification, (2) educational and psychological assessment, (3) parent nomination, (4) peer nomination, and (5) self-identification. Adaptations, supplements, and, in some cases, replacements of these methods of assessment are recommended. Conceptions of just what "gifted" and "talented" mean are compared for Europeans, Maori, and Pacific Islanders, showing European emphasis on academic/utilitarian giftedness at one end of the scale, Maori emphasis on non-academic humanistic talents at the other end, and Pacific Islanders with values between these extremes. A conclusion notes the universality of talent, differing educational needs, the critical importance of the teacher, and the need to avoid stereotypes. (Contains 77 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Wellington.
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand