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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




James M. Yankovich


The purpose of this study was to provide a profile of gifted education identification procedures for culturally diverse ethnic populations (African-American, Native-American, Asian-American, and Hispanic) in the southeastern region of the United States. In this research, data from educators was analyzed by means of surveys and in-depth inquiries to provide a profile of gifted education identification procedures. The objectives for this study were to determine with respect to the identification of culturally diverse students for gifted education: their proportional representation in gifted education programs, the utilization of multiple identification measures with these populations, the consideration given to their gifted and cultural characteristics, and the availability of gifted programs designed to meet their needs. With respect to ethnically diverse students, it was concluded that they are proportionally underrepresented in gifted education, that identification procedures are not consistently differentiated for them, that some consideration is given to their characteristics during the identification process, and that there is limited availability of gifted education programs designed to meet their needs. Further study is required to examine the applicability of this research to other regions of the nation.



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