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ERIC Number: EJ1001519
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students with Giftedness: How Teachers and Parents Can Support Their Academic and Social Needs
Nguyen, Huong Tran
Multicultural Education, v19 n2 p10-17 Win 2012
Quynh (pseudonym), a Vietnamese-American female, was an honor student in her K-12 education in Vietnam four decades ago. April 30, 1975, abruptly signaled the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War. Many military personnel from the former regime found themselves and their loved ones in danger of being persecuted by the victorious new government. Nearly a decade later, Quynh and her family were permitted to enter the United States as political asylees; Southern California became their adopted home. There she resumed her education and pursued teaching as a career. Quynh soon completed her undergraduate and post-baccalaureate college education in the U.S. In addition to becoming a teacher, Quynh was also raising a school-aged daughter, Sheryl (pseudonym). Quynh often felt perplexed by her daughter's multi-tasking activities and observed that Sheryl seemed totally oblivious to her environment. She struggled with understanding her child's complex thought processes, viewpoints on matters, and responses to internal and external stimuli. Though Quynh repeatedly tried to connect to her daughter, she felt as though her efforts were frequently in vain: they seemed to be living in separate worlds. This article is a narrative of Quynh's journey toward better understanding aspects of giftedness in Sheryl and how it became manifested in cross-cultural contexts in order to fully support her daughter's academic and social needs. The purpose of this article is to: (1) Shed light on the experience of a Vietnamese American parent of a child with giftedness which could be of value to other parents; (2) Emphasize the importance of teachers and parents working together to ensure positive learning experiences for students with giftedness from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds; and (3) Offer practical suggestions and recommendations for educators to implement in their school settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California