Browsing Theses and Dissertations by Subject "Underidentification"
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Hidden Giftedness, Racial Inequity, and Underidentification in Gifted Programming across a Large Northeastern Metropolitan AreaThis study examined the existence of implicit racial bias among public school teachers within the gifted referral process. Public school teachers from urban, suburban, and rural school districts surrounding a large northeastern city were be provided vignettes of gifted students demonstrating “typical” and “hidden” giftedness. The names and races of students within the vignettes were randomized to represent either a White male student or a Black male student. Univariate and multivariate analyses were utilized to determine the existence of significant differences in perceptions of giftedness and need for referral among teachers. In contrast to the hypotheses of the study, vignettes describing Black “typically” gifted students were rated as significantly higher than White “typically” gifted students. Black students also did not experience a significant decrease in ratings of giftedness and need for referral when described as “hidden” gifted. Lastly, results demonstrated a significant interaction where White students experienced a significant increase in both ratings of giftedness and need for referral when described as showing signs of “hidden” giftedness compared to their White “typically” gifted counterparts. Further discussion of these results along with imitations and considerations, most importantly the presence of social desirability bias, can be found at the end of this work.