ERIC Number: ED411380
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
The Talents Dovetail: Initiative for Identifying Gifted and Talented Minority Students.
Talents Unlimited, Inc., Mobile, AL.
The Talents Unlimited (TU) critical and creative thinking skills model is designed to help teachers recognize and nurture the multiple talents of all children. Research based on the work of Calvin Taylor, has identified high-level talent areas of productive thinking, communication, forecasting, decision making, and planning, in which all excel to varying degrees. Teachers can use these practical talents to help students acquire and apply knowledge across all content areas while developing skill in the use of the thought processes themselves. The TU approach fits well with other educational innovations. In TU classrooms, teachers encourage the development of thinking skills in all students within the regular curriculum. TU teachers are trained to be 'talent scouts' and to discard stereotypes to see a new repertoire of behaviors that exemplify varied intelligences. The quality of student products from a TU classroom is elevated, often demonstrating outstanding potential. Examples are given of the use of TU training in several school districts, including Fort Worth (Texas), Nash-Rocky Mount (North Carolina), and Owensboro (Kentucky). The experiences of several educators with the TU program are highlighted. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Talents Unlimited, Inc., Mobile, AL.