ERIC Number: EJ1137199
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Abstractor: As Provided
What Does It Mean to Assess Gifted Students' Perceptions of Giftedness Labels?
Meadows, Bryan; Neumann, Jacob W.
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, v48 n2 p145-165 May 2017
Measuring gifted and talented ("GT") students' perceptions of their "GT" label might seem to be a relatively straightforward affair. Most of this research uses survey methods that ask "GT" students to complete Likert scale or open-ended response questionnaires about their perceptions of the label and then presents results in clear and quantifiable terms, such as "X% of students hold positive perceptions of the 'GT' label." However, our qualitative study of "GT" students in two middle school social studies classrooms presents findings that not only trouble, but prompt questions about simple proclamations regarding "GT" students' perceptions of the "GT" label. What we found was that given the opportunity to share their thoughts at length, this group of "GT" students expressed a range of often contradictory perceptions about their "GT" label. Students expressed multiple interpretations and perceptions of the "GT" label, as well as both embraced the label and rejected the label.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Gifted, Labeling (of Persons), Talent, Talent Identification, Qualitative Research, Middle School Students, Social Studies, Student Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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