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ERIC Number: ED507650
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
Minority Bias in Identification and Assessment of Gifted Students: A Historical Perspective and Prospects for the Future
Courville, Keith; DeRouen, Zachary
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(Purpose) This literature review discusses the prevalence of bias against minorities in all aspects of selection for gifted and talented services. (Findings) Topics addressed in this paper include: (1) progression of the definition of giftedness; (2) minority bias in gifted identification and referrals by school personnel; (3) discriminatory testing practices; (4) use of expanded definitions of giftedness which allow for recognition of giftedness in minority populations; (5) teacher training to minimize identification bias; (6) nonverbal testing as a means to minimize assessment discrimination; and (7) expanding the use of existing tests to analyze multiple areas of giftedness. (Conclusion) Given the limited scope of prevalent definitions of gifted, as well as the pervasive bias against minorities even amongst experienced teachers, discrimination within the selection of gifted students is a significant issue that deserves further attention from researchers and more efforts by school systems to implement known methods of reducing bias in the identification and assessment process.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A