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ERIC Number: ED496155
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr-9
Pages: 25
Abstractor: Author
DISCOVER in Lebanon: A Pilot Study
Sarouphim, Ketty M.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (88th, Chicago, IL, Apr 2007)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of DISCOVER, a performance-based assessment, in identifying gifted students in Lebanon. DISCOVER is grounded in Gardner's MI theory and consists of tasks involving problem-solving and creative abilities. The sample consisted of 49 middle-class 5-th graders, with a mean age of 10.2 years from a private school in Beirut, Lebanon. High correlations were found between the participants' DISCOVER ratings and their corresponding school grades in mathematical, spatial analytical, and written linguistic intelligences, but discrepancies were found between students' grades and their corresponding DISCOVER ratings in spatial artistic and oral linguistic intelligences. Further, 19% of the participants were identified, with no gender differences. The findings were corroborated by interviews with the teachers. The researcher concluded that DISCOVER seems a promising instrument for identifying gifted Lebanese children; however, research on larger samples of Lebanese students should be conducted before drawing solid conclusions. (Contains 2 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Lebanon
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A