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Master of Science


Center for the Advancement of Education


Elementary Education, Gifted Child, Gifted Student, Gifted Characteristics, Gifted Identification, Gifted Referral, Gifted I.Q., Gifted Screening Devices, Gifted Underachiever, Gifted Disadvantaged, Psychological Testing of Gifted, Gifted Nomination, Locating Gifted Among Poor, Locating Gifted in Minority Cultures, Teacher Attitudes of Gifted, Parent Attitudes of Gifted, Peer Attitudes of Gifted, Exceptional Education, In-House Gifted Resource Centers, Intelligence Tests, Academically Gifted.


This practicum is concerned with increasing teacher awareness of the gifted child identification and referral criteria by utilizing the four following information dissemination techniques: (1) One-on-one contacts with each classroom teacher by researcher at practicum site (2) Distributing gifted child characteristics information cards with referral system flow chart created by author featuring an original comparison of gifted student traits to a modern ice cream parlor menu (3) Administering pre and post surveys (4) Arranging tours of local gifted resource center for classroom teachers from practicum site. The results of this practicum reflected an increase in the knowledge and interest of the 17 classroom teachers at the practicum site. This intervention more than tripled the flow of gifted student referrals compared to the two previous school years. Appendices include statistics reports, survey forms, definitions of gifted, tables, bar graphs and a copy of the information dissemination card.

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