The problem examined in this study is that African American students remain underrepresented in the public education system's gifted and talented or gifted programs because of nomination, assessment, and identification procedures (Bonner, 2005; Ford a Moore, 2005; Joseph a Ford, 2006; Huff, Houskamp, Watkins, Stanton, a Tavegia, 2005; McGlonn-Nelson, 2005; Nugent a Shaunessy, 2003; Villarreal, 2004). The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was twofold. First, the purpose was to examine the lived experiences of 12 regular classroom teachers and 11 African American parents who participated in the nomination of African Americans for programs. Second, the purpose was to determine their perceptions of the nomination, assessment, and identification processes in relation to the underrepresentation of African American students in gifted programs. Based on a gleaning of pertinent themes and patterns within the research participants' responses, factors contributing to the underrepresentation of African Americans in gifted and talented programs include: (a) misperceptions regarding a student's race and ability; (b) the lack of parent awareness programs about issues related to gifted and talented education; (c) the need for professional development training related to the needs of minority gifted students; and (d) issues related to testing and assessment instrumentation. Recommendations to key educational leadership stakeholders (federal, state, and local education agency leadership) are to: (a) adopt a unifying Federal Government definition of giftedness for all states and inclusive of student groups underserved; (b) assess gifted and talented program effectiveness; and (c) create professional and staff development programs for K-12 educators.Statement of the Problem African American students remain underrepresented in the public education systema#39;s gifted and talented or gifted programs because of nomination, assessment, and identification procedures (Bonner, 2005; Ford aamp; Moore, 2005; Joseph aamp; Ford, 2006; Huff, Houskamp, ... With the focus of public education systems on improving the competency of their low-performing students , theanbsp;...
|Title||:||Teachers' and Parents' Perceptions Concerning the Underrepresentation of Gifted African American Students: A Phenomenological Study|
|Author||:||Sharon Denese MIchael-Chadwell|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|