Assessing Artistic and Problem-Solving Performance in Minority and Nonminority Students Using a Nontraditional Multidimensional Approach

Donna Rae Clasen, James Middleton, Timothy J. Connell

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The persistent underrepresentation of ethnic minority students in gifted programs requires change. Because identification tools used for entry into gifted programs often are held responsible for minority underrepresentation, this study investigated several nontraditional assessments for their efficacy in identifying both minority and nonminority students. A sample of 433 sixth-grade students responded to a drawing task and to two problem-solving assessments. Peer and teacher nominations also were used in the identification process. Findings indicated that the assessments identified a proportionate number of minority and nonminority students with potential in art or problem solving. The study holds promise for a multidimensional approach and for specific nontraditional assessments as means of effectively identifying both minority and nonminority student talents in art and problem solving. The study also suggests directions for further research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-32
Number of pages6
JournalGifted Child Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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