ERIC Number: ED500781
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar-24
Reference Count: 24
The Use of a Performance Assessment for Identifying Gifted Lebanese Students: Is DISCOVER Effective?
Sarouphim, Ketty M.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, Mar 24-28, 2008)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of DISCOVER, a performance-based assessment in identifying gifted Lebanese students. The sample consisted of 248 students (121 boys, 127 girls) from grades 3-5 at two private schools in Beirut, Lebanon. Results showed evidence for DISCOVER's concurrent validity with the Raven Standard Progressive Matrices, as correlations between students' DISCOVER ratings in spatial intelligence and their Raven scores were high, whereas correlations between students' DISCOVER ratings in linguistic intelligences and their Raven scores were low. Interviews with teachers and parents corroborated the results, with a few exceptions. Of the total sample, 14.5% were identified, with no gender differences. The researcher concluded that DISCOVER could be used effectively in Lebanon for identification purposes, but further research is needed to support the findings. (Contains 3 tables.)
Descriptors: Private Schools, Performance Based Assessment, Identification, Gifted, Elementary School Students, Validity, Foreign Countries, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Evaluation Methods, Gender Differences, Program Effectiveness, Multiple Intelligences, Parent Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Correlation, Scores, Classification
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Lebanon