Identifying Underrepresented Gifted Students: A Developmental Process

Pamela Peters, E. Jean Gubbins, Rashea Hamilton, D. Betsy McCoach, Del Siegle, Jeb Puryear

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Gifted education programs across the globe struggle with the disproportionate representation of underserved populations. These groups include majority language learners, indigenous people, racial and ethnic minorities, and gifted students with disabilities. This underrepresentation leads to missed talent and opportunity and lends support to claims of elitism in gifted programs. Research, however, has demonstrated that pre-identification strategies and preparation programs might help to mitigate these problems. These programs are typically designed to prepare students for the identification process as well as for the advanced academic work that follows. This chapter provides an overview of recent research, including reports currently in preparation by the National Center for Research on Gifted Education, as well as information on types of programs that have been implemented featuring best practices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringer International Handbooks of Education
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages21
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NameSpringer International Handbooks of Education
VolumePart F1630
ISSN (Print)2197-1951
ISSN (Electronic)2197-196X


  • Gifted students
  • Identification
  • Pre-identification strategies
  • Preparation programs
  • Underserved populations


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