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ERIC Number: ED430332
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-20
Pages: 59
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Cross-Cultural Predictors of Teachers' Attitudes toward Gifted Education.
Tirri, Kirsi; Tallent-Runnels, Mary
This study compared the culture-dependent attitudes of Finnish teachers (N=147) and American teachers (N=160) toward gifted education. The teachers from both countries represented preservice teachers, regular classroom teachers, and teachers of the gifted. Emphasis was on the relationship of attitude to culture from which the teacher came. The relationship of attitude to demographic variables such as age, gender, having a gifted family member, and giftedness of respondents were also examined. The instrument used was the Attitude Scale toward Gifted Education developed by Gagne and Nadeau (1985). A new method to identify cross-cultural predictors of attitude based on Bayesian analysis was also applied. The study found that Finnish teachers were more concerned about the possible negative social and affective effects of special classes or other services for the gifted outside the regular classroom. In addition, the new statistical methodology used was able to predict culture-dependent attitudes with 87.6 percent accuracy. Contains 14 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland; United States