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'The Identification of Mentally Gifted, "Disadvantaged" Students at the Eighth Level' by Carol Taylor Fitz-Gibbon
Posted by Paul Skinner on 29 January 2013 12:14 PM

The research report The Identification of Mentally Gifted, "Disadvantaged" Students at the Eighth Level was written by Carol Taylor Fitz-Gibbon in 1972 while at the Center for the Study of Evaluation, University of California at Los Angeles.

The report was concerned that identification of mental giftedness not suffer from cultural bias in measurement.  The report:

  • stressed that ability, rather than achievement, be assessed to identify the "mentally gifted"
  • suggested the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) be used
  • showed that Standard Progressive Matrices (SPM) and Advanced Progressive Matrices could be used to efficiently pre-select suitable candidates.

Key words: Gifted; 98th percentile; IQ; 130+; culturally disadvantaged; Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC); California Test of Mental Maturity (CTMM); Standard Progressive Matrices (SPM); California Achievement Tests (CAT)


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