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ERIC Number: EJ886884
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1533-2276
Methods and Procedures in Screening Gifted Mayan Students
Escobedo, Pedro Sanchez
Gifted and Talented International, v23 n1 p87-95 Aug 2008
Instruments, procedures, and criteria for the screening of Mayan students in Yucatan, Mexico are depicted and evaluated by analyzing the results of their use on 242 students in five different regions of Yucatan. These 242, 8th grade students were selected from a pool of 1,530 potentially gifted students. Participants responded to a variety of standardized and non-standardized tests and underwent an additional qualitative assessment through interviews and observations. Results of this study demonstrate diverse difficulties in screening gifted Yucatec Mayan students arising from the lack of valid and pertinent standardized tests and the lack of teachers' understanding regarding the concept of giftedness. Of the 242 evaluated students, evaluators identified only 21 students as gifted; these students were later registered to receive eventual attention in a state project. Challenges regarding the screening, misidentification and management of gifted Mayan students are discussed in light of this experience. (Contains 1 figure.)
World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. The University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E9, Canada. Tel: 204-789-1421; Fax: 204-783-1188; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 7; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico