ERIC Number: EJ1052250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Identification of Gifted African American Primary Grade Students through Leadership, Creativity, and Academic Performance in Curriculum Material Making and Peer-Teaching: A Case Study
Zhbanova, Ksenia S.; Rule, Audrey C.; Stichter, Mary K.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v43 n2 p143-156 Mar 2015
Research into identification of gifted early childhood students of minority groups through classroom activities is lacking. A focus in the United States on students with learning challenges and a lack of awareness of educators concerning the needs of early childhood gifted students are important causes of this situation. The current case study investigated whether African American students not identified through standard achievement scores might be recognized as gifted through performance during and after a special enrichment project. Eight (four female, four male; five White, three African American) identified or potentially gifted first/second grade students from a multi-age, mixed ability, diverse classroom at an elementary school in Iowa, participated in a 12-week enrichment program to develop leadership through curriculum material making and peer teaching. School and university personnel collaborated to meet school needs: supplying challenging activities to high achievers, offering the opportunity for leadership through peer-teaching, and providing alternate means (leadership, creativity) of potentially identifying typically-achieving minority students as gifted. A pre-post class sociogram was administered to all students in the broader class (11 female 8 male). The teacher observed evidence that all participating students gained confidence and leadership skills; two of the three African American students were identified as gifted through their leadership, creativity, and academic performance during the project. Curriculum materials-making projects with integrated thinking skills like those in the current study were enriching for all participants in the current study, including classmates who were peer-taught; similar enrichment activities are recommended for primary grade students.
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Identification, African American Students, Elementary School Students, Case Studies, Leadership, Creativity, Academic Achievement, Student Developed Materials, Peer Teaching, Grade 1, Grade 2, White Students, Enrichment Activities, Instructional Materials, Pretests Posttests, Thinking Skills
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 2
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Identifiers - Location: Iowa