ERIC Number: ED411383
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Talents Unlimited Revalidation Report Submitted to the Program Effectiveness Panel of the U.S. Department of Education's National Diffusion Network.
Talents Unlimited, Inc., Mobile, AL.
Talents Unlimited (TU) is a program that enhances students' creative and critical thinking skills within the framework of the regular classroom curriculum. Based on Calvin Taylor's theory of multiple talents and intellectual abilities, this program develops improved thinking in specific talent processes, including Productive Thinking, Communication, Forecasting, Decision Making, and Planning, with the Academic talent as a frame of reference for all activities. Through Talents-trained teachers, students learn that there are many ways to express their intelligence and that different types of thinking can be enhanced through training and practice. Through Talents training, classroom teachers internalize a schema of creative and critical thinking skills and learn to integrate them into the regular classroom curriculum. They learn to develop instructional activities that challenge students to manipulate factual information through the deliberate use of the Talents structure. Thinking skills taught in TU are neither grade level nor content specific, but may address any academic objectives to produce student response. However, the TU program was designed for implementation with heterogeneously grouped students in grades one through six. This report on the TU program relies on its implementation over 16 years in many sites. In 1989-90, TU was adopted at 2,033 schools across the country. Data for seven adoption sites are included to support the effectiveness of the TU approach. Seven appendixes contain sample teacher training and student activities, sample assessment items, and a newsletter for the program. Responses to questions from the Program Effectiveness Panel are also attached, along with some supporting material. (Contains 6 tables and 14 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Talents Unlimited, Inc., Mobile, AL.