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ERIC Number: ED451665
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Pages: 108
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Artistic Talent Development for Urban Youth: The Promise and the Challenge. Research Monograph Series.
Oreck, Barry; Baum, Susan; McCartney, Heather
This longitudinal case study investigated issues that influence successful talent development in the arts and examined the effects of long-term artistic involvement on the lives of 23 artistically talented young people (ages 10-26) in New York City, all of whom had participated in a dance or music program in their elementary years. Most students were economically disadvantaged and from minority or culturally different backgrounds. Interviews were conducted with the students, their families, arts instructors, school teachers, and others. Four factors emerged as the primary obstacles to talent development: family circumstances, lack of affordable or appropriate instructional opportunities, peer resentment and social stigma, and the conflict between personal dreams and practical realities. The study also identified four factors key to student success in overcoming these obstacles: family support, instructional opportunities, community and school support, and innate personal qualities and psychological competencies. Evaluation of student accomplishments and observable behaviors concluded that 21 of the 23 students had achieved successful outcomes. Results have implications for development of interventions and programs to help young people with talent and drive but few opportunities. (Contains 92 references.) (DB)
National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, University of Connecticut, 2131 Hillside Rd., U-7, Storrs, CT 06269-3007. Tel: 860-486-4676; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, Storrs, CT.; Yale Univ., New Haven, CT. Child Study Center.; City Univ. of New York, NY. City Coll.; Virginia Univ., Charlottesville. School of Education.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)