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Gifted and Culturally Diverse Students

 
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Adrianna



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2004 12:41 am    Post subject: Gifted and Culturally Diverse Students Reply with quote

A long standing concern of educators has been the underrepresentation of culturally diverse students in gifted programs. For example, a highly creative student with excellent critical thinking skills could score 115--the lowest level possible for the gifted--on an IQ test. Traditional intelligence tests do not measure the full range of multiple intelligences. As a future educator, I am interested in knowing what more experienced teachers do to combat this concern. Also, how might teachers become aware of personal unknown biases, stereotypes, and cultural filters?
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serendipity



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2004 2:21 pm    Post subject: ??? Reply with quote

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A long standing concern of educators has been the underrepresentation of culturally diverse students in gifted programs.


Has it? I had the impression that students from Asian countries for example, tended to be overrepresented in your "gifted" programs to the extent that ethnic discrimination was allowed to play a role again in college admission programs. In other words, that students from Japanese/Korean/Chinese families needed higher scores than say, applicants coming from a Black family.

Have I been misinformed here?

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For example, a highly creative student with excellent critical thinking skills could score 115--the lowest level possible for the gifted--on an IQ test.


Yes, he could. Do universities actually use IQ-tests to predict future achievement among students where you're at?

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As a future educator, I am interested in knowing what more experienced teachers do to combat this concern.


I don't think I actually "combat this concern" - but what I do is to try and get it through to bi-cultural and bilingual individuals that they are at an enormous advantage compared to the mainstream - that they're capable of adding something to the cultural mainstream by providing a unique perspective, and that cultural competence is to be cherished.

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Also, how might teachers become aware of personal unknown biases, stereotypes, and cultural filters?


Through interactions with others who stem from a whole range of different ethnic/cultural/social backgrounds and who work in a variety of professions, trade and jobs. By living an active life, by experiencing different situations, by keeping an open mind and by learning from one's mistakes.
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