ERIC Number: EJ929837
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
Overexcitabilities: "A New Way to Think about Talent?"
Tieso, Carol L.
Roeper Review, v29 n4 p232-239 2007
Researchers and educators in the field of gifted education have been tantalized by the promise that Dabrowski's Theory of Positive Disintegration, with its depiction of intensities or overexcitabilities (OEs), provides a means for identifying gifted students that is different than the usual standardized tests. Thus far, most information on OEs has been provided by a questionnaire, which is made up of 21 open-ended questions. In this study, the Overexcitability Questionnaire II (OEQII), a Likert-type survey for addressing the OEs, was used to distinguish between typical and gifted students, and various subgroups of gifted and talented students. Results suggest that there are several differences on the OEQII's five subscales: Psychomotor, Intellectual, Imagina-tional, Sensual, and Emotional OEs for gender groups, elementary- and middle-school students, and typical and gifted students. (Contains 2 figures and 6 tables.)
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Talent, Standardized Tests, Measures (Individuals), Educational Research, Questioning Techniques, Likert Scales, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A