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ERIC Number: ED529168
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
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Simply Gifted: Their Attributes through the Eyes of College Students
Gentry, Ruben; Lackey, Tracy Knight
Online Submission, Paper presented at the International Conference "Peace through Understanding" (Jackson, MS, Apr 4-8, 2011)
For years, scores on IQ tests and standardized achievement tests were the principal means for determining whether or not persons were gifted. Early literature often referred to them as fluent, flexible, original, and elaborate thinkers; as persons who were extremely curious, sensitive, attracted to aesthetic values; and as individuals who could readily see relationships. More recently, Howard Gardner introduced the concept of multiple intelligences. The literature on multiple intelligences views giftedness as spanning more than one area of human development and achievement. However, neither earlier nor more recent identification procedures sufficiently identify minorities for gifted programs. Underrepresentation, and in some cases decreasing enrollment, of African American students in gifted and talented programs/classes contributes to the achievement gap between African American students and their White counterparts. Perhaps a supplementary means for identifying gifted individuals would be through the eyes of the beholder, especially teacher education candidates as they are in a pretty good position to judge exceptional ability. In support of this contention, one college calls its student newspaper the "Eagle Eye" which could connote that college students have sharp vision and maintain a keen watchfulness. Further along this line, at one historically Black college a basic course in special education is required for undergraduate education candidates across majors. In the course, the candidates were requested to "think of a person in school or society that they considered gifted" and write a brief synopsis on the individual. They listed many persons that had not been formally identified as gifted. The list included the no-study test passer, multi-talented who stutters, excellent memory kid, four year old road sign reader, know-all with autism, and hands-on expert. This manuscript examines some key issues in gifted education. It also informs the education profession that perhaps a closer look is needed at who might be considered gifted and that the eyes of college students may help in the identification process. (Contains 2 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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