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ERIC Number: EJ1100179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1740-2743
Words Are Wind: Using Du Bois and Bourdieu to "Unveil" the Capricious Nature of Gifted and Talented Programs
Montoya, Roberto; Matias, Cheryl E.; Nishi, Naomi W. M.; Sarcedo, Geneva L.
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v14 n1 p127-143 Mar 2016
Concerns over students of color gaining access to gifted education programs have persisted for decades; and while numerous educators, policymakers, and researchers have deliberated about the underrepresentation of minority students in gifted education, few articles utilize a theoretical approach explicating this dilemma. This article seeks to fill this void, utilizing Critical Race Theory and Latino Critical Race Theory's counter-story/testimonies to understand and illuminate the capricious nature of gifted and talented programs in Denver Public Schools. Using Bourdieu's notion of cultural capital and Du Bois' analogy of the veil, the article demonstrates the role parents play in accessing gifted and talented programs and details how accessibility perpetuates racial disparities in schools that are lauded as being diverse and inclusive. Also discussed are issues of cultural capital, namely factors that enable and empower white parents and their respective students to remain in primarily white gifted education programs while excluding students of color. Finally, recommendations for changes to gifted and talented programs are offered.
Institute for Education Policy Studies. University of Northampton, School of Education, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL, UK. Tel: +44-1273-270943; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado (Denver)
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