ERIC Number: ED421318
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Gifted and Talented Students. IDRA Focus.
IDRA Newsletter, v25 n6 Jun-Jul 1998
This theme issue includes five articles that focus on issues surrounding gifted and talented students, especially as they relate to poor, minority, or limited-English-proficient children. "Traditional Methods of Identifying Gifted Students Overlooks Many" (Linda Cantu) presents findings from the National Educational Longitudinal Study that minority and economically disadvantaged students are underrepresented in gifted and talented programs. Reasons for the disparities and recommendations for improving the identification process are presented. "Raising 'Will Hunting'--10 Tips for Parenting Gifted and Talented Children" (Hilaria Bauer) suggests that programs that overlook cultural differences in learning may be responsible for the fact that gifted minority learners do not perform to their full potential and may have problems in school. Ten recommendations are presented in Spanish and English for parents of gifted students struggling with school. "Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program: Looking for Gifts in All the Right Places" (Josie Danini Supik) discusses an example of a program that uses gifted and talented strategies successfully with limited-English-proficient students. "At-risk" secondary students are placed as tutors of primary students, allowing previously overlooked talents to shine. More than 98 percent of participants stay in school. An accompanying article, "Reflections," presents comments from participants. "Insights into Gifted and Talented English Language Learners" (Andrea B. Bermudez, Judith A. Marquez) presents strategies for identifying gifted and talented English language learners, including collecting background data and work samples for each student, determining if cultural and linguistic behaviors obscure the child's giftedness, considering all nominations, and examining standardized test scores in light of demographic data. Sidebars present comments on the passage of California proposition 227, Web sites on education of gifted and talented students, and definitions of and recommendations concerning children with outstanding talent. (TD)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Intercultural Development Research Association, San Antonio, TX.
Identifiers - Location: Texas