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ERIC Number: ED505436
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 223
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 253
An Agenda for the Future: Closing the Achievement Gap for Underrepresented Groups in Gifted and Talented Education
Lockwood, Anne Turnbaugh
National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented
To identify a future research agenda with the goal of narrowing the achievement gap between underrepresented groups and their peers in gifted and talented education, The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT) at the University of Connecticut convened a Needs Assessment Conference in January 2005 and commissioned four papers from leading scholars nationwide. This document reviews the key points of these papers and the presentations made by these scholars at the Needs Assessment Conference, drawing from them to identify a research agenda for the future. The top 5 research needs for the future that emerged from the papers can be identified as follows: (1) Using research in multiple forms to inform practice and policy as it relates to narrowing the achievement gap and including more underrepresented students in gifted and talented education; (2) Understanding the "differences" of students, particularly those who are underrepresented or not represented at all, in gifted and talented programs; (3) Reaching a deep understanding and awareness of characteristics of underrepresented students that are associated with their success in gifted and talented programs; (4) Addressing systematically, through research and practice, long-held and pernicious assumptions and stereotypes held about underachievement among underrepresented student groups; and (5) Achieving a sophisticated policy presence within the gifted and talented community that advocates for the needs of all students, but particularly those of underrepresented students, so that the achievement gap can most fully be closed. This paper contains four parts: (I) Evaluation, Placement, and Progression: Three Sites of Concern for Student Achievement (Samuel R. Lucas); (II) Latino Achievement: Identifying Models That Foster Success (Patricia Gandara); (III) Promoting Sustained Growth in the Representation of African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans Among Top Students in the United States at All Levels of the Education System (L. Scott Miller); and (IV) Issues and Practices in the Identification and Education of Gifted Students From Underrepresented Groups (James H. Borland). (Contains 10 figures and 1 figure.)
National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented. University of Connecticut, 2131 Hillside Road Unit 3007, Storrs, CT 06269-4676. Tel: 860-486-4676; Fax: 860-486-2900; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented