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ERIC Number: EJ840480
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1040-1350
Identifying and Teaching Gifted Native American Students
Fisher, Tamara J.
Understanding Our Gifted, v20 n1 p3-6 Fall 2007
The field of gifted education has done an admirable job of raising awareness about underrepresentation and unique needs of gifted students from culturally and linguistically diverse populations. The efforts of the National Association for Gifted Children to reach out to teachers through the "Javits-Frasier Teacher Scholarship for Diverse Talent Development" is one example. All gifted children, whatever their cultural, socioeconomic, or linguistic backgrounds, should have their unique learning needs acknowledged and met by their schools. Yet, even in increasing efforts to reach diverse students, gifted Native American youth continue to be disappointingly overlooked in gifted programs, in research, and in discussions of underrepresented populations. Perhaps this is attributable to the fact that Native Americans make up a significantly smaller portion of the overall population compared to minorities of Hispanic, African, and Asian descent. But that shouldn't make them any less worthy of consideration. It is important to note that the term Native American (or American Indian) does not refer to one distinct culture or people. More than 500 different tribes are recognized in the United States, each with its own unique culture, traditions, and language. For every characteristic or strategy that may apply to the gifted youth of one tribe, the opposite could be true for the gifted child of another tribe. To best reach the gifted Indian youth in schools, it is imperative that teachers and gifted specialists become aware of the differences in tribal cultures and traditions, which can greatly influence how students express and utilize their gifts and talents. In this article, the author, a K-12 gifted education specialist for a school district located on an Indian Reservation, discusses some strategies that identify and serve the needs of gifted Native American students. (Contains 1 table and 8 online resources.)
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Language: English
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