ERIC Number: ED419426
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Talent and Diversity: The Emerging World of Limited English Proficient Students in Gifted Education.
Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Media and Information Services.
This document focuses on some of the key issues that surround any substantive discussion of Limited-English-Proficient (LEP) children and gifted education. The goals, rationale, and criticisms of gifted education are discussed, and answers to how high-ability LEP students might better be served in these programs are sought. The discussion examines expanding views of ability and talent and the issue of identification of high-potential LEP students and looks at specific levers for change that school staff need to consider and enact before gifted education can truly serve English language learners. An illustration is provided of how one school system worked to include and nurture its English language learners in its gifted programs. Rosa Perez describes how San Diego City Schools dramatically increased the numbers of LEP Students in gifted programs through a reform of its entire gifted program. Robert J. Sternberg argues that schooling practices must change to reflect the new value that should be placed on high ability students and insists that American educators move beyond the highly politicized context of both gifted and bilingual education to achieve a new and productive means to identify and develop talent in LEP learners. The document concludes with a brief action plan for school personnel in both bilingual and gifted education. (Author/VWL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Media and Information Services.
Identifiers - Location: California (San Diego)