ERIC Number: EJ871030
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
The Use of a Performance Assessment for Identifying Gifted Lebanese Students: Is DISCOVER Effective?
Sarouphim, Ketty M.
Journal for the Education of the Gifted, v33 n2 p275-295 Win 2009
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of DISCOVER, a performance- based assessment in identifying gifted Lebanese students. The sample consisted of 248 students (121 boys, 127 girls) from Grades 3-5 at two private schools in Beirut, Lebanon. Students were administered DISCOVER and the Raven Standard Progressive Matrices (RSPM). Teachers and parents of identified students were interviewed. Results showed evidence for DISCOVER's concurrent validity with RSPM, as correlations between students' DISCOVER ratings in spatial intelligence and their Raven scores were high, whereas correlations between students' DISCOVER ratings in linguistic intelligences and their Raven scores were low. Parents' and teachers' interviews corroborated the results, with a few exceptions. Of the total sample, 14.5% were identified, with no gender differences. The researcher concluded that DISCOVER could be used effectively in Lebanon for identification purposes, but further research is needed to support the findings. (Contains 3 tables.)
Descriptors: Intelligence, Private Schools, Academically Gifted, Performance Based Assessment, Test Validity, Foreign Countries, Grade 3, Talent Identification, Grade 4, Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Student Needs, Evaluation Methods, Interrater Reliability, Comparative Analysis, Gender Differences, Spatial Ability, Mathematics Skills, Language Skills, Oral Language, Writing Skills, Parent Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Grades (Scholastic)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Lebanon
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Raven Progressive Matrices