ERIC Number: EJ696567
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
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An Instrument for the Measure of Dabrowskian Overexcitabilities to Identify Gifted Elementary Students
Bouchard, Lorraine L.
Gifted Child Quarterly, v48 n4 p339 Fall 2004
The ElemenOE is a Likert-scaled observation checklist developed in this study to measure 5 personality characteristics in elementary school children, with predictive validity for identifying giftedness. The characteristics, named "overexcitabilities," are described within the context of Dabrowski's Theory of Positive Disintegration. Five scholars of Dabrowski's theory rated an initial 100 items for content validity. The 61 strongest items comprised the pilot instrument, which teachers used to describe 373 students. Exploratory factor analysis using varimax rotation found factors that related to the 5 OEs. Items with loadings of less than .5 were eliminated, thus creating the 30-item ElemenOE. Teachers used the ElemenOE to describe 171 gifted and nonidentified children. A discriminant analysis yielded one function that significantly discriminated between groups. The ElemenOE classified 76% of gifted students and 42% of nonidentified students as having similar OE profiles. These results indicate that, with revisions, the ElemenOE may be useful in identifying gifted students who are missed by traditional identification measures.
Descriptors: Personality, Elementary School Students, Predictive Validity, Factor Analysis, Discriminant Analysis, Content Validity, Academically Gifted
National Association for Gifted Children, 1707 L Street, NW, Suite 550, Washington, DC 20036. Web site: http://www.nagc.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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