ERIC Number: ED366159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Equitable Identification of Students with Gifted Potential.
Richert, E. Susanne
This monograph is organized in three main sections addressing problems, promising practices, and equitable procedures low cost in the identification of students with gifted potential. The first section considers problems in identification. These include: (1) elitist and distorted definitions of giftedness, (2) confusion about purposes of identification, (3) violation of educational equity, (4) misuse of identification instruments, (5) unreliable data, (6) inappropriate combination of data, and (7) too few students identified. The section on promising practices discusses principles of identification, defensible definitions, and selection of tests and instruments. Topics discussed in the equitable procedures section include avoiding discrimination and charges of elitism; equitable use of academic achievement data; alternate test procedures for students with learning disabilities or other handicaps; appropriate use of multiple sources of data; data from parents, teachers, and peers; self-nominations; and use of data on student progress. Low-cost high quality program design is also briefly addressed. A conclusion emphasizes that gifted program identification practices should reflect the values of pluralism and equity. (Contains 63 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Board of Education, Topeka.