The identification of the gifted in a culturally-different segment of a high school

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Sheen, Alice F
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 1987
The purpose of this study was to examine the student population of a particular minority group of Native students in a southern Alberta high school, to determine if there were Native students who could be identified as gifted. Five classes of students containing one-third to onehalf Native students served as subjects. The classroom teacher of each class supplied the data for each subject by completing an instrument designed to test gifted characteristics. The study attempted to determine the potential for giftedness that existed among the Native students of this school. Exploratory methods were used to explore and diagnose the data. The use of these exploratory methods failed to provide any evidence of any significant difference in the potential for giftedness between the Native or the non-Native students. The conclusion of the study was that giftedness was a difficult area to research because of the abstract nature of the terminology and the characteristics. The interpretation of the data showed that there were Native students in this school who have definite tendencies of giftedness. There was very little difference in the percentage of gifted traits between the Native students and the non-Native students. If judged on an equal basis, Native students will demonstrate equal proportion of competence with non-Native students.
viii, 48 leaves : ill., ; 28 cm. --
Gifted children -- Education -- Alberta -- Evaluation , Indigenous peoples -- Alberta -- Education , Multicultural education -- Alberta