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Grotberg, Edith H. (Edith Henderson), 1918-2008||Weigel, George D.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Education


Gifted children


For a number of years I have suspected that the ability of the children in the school of which I am principal is comparatively high. This was brought store strongly to my attention after the "Illinois Census of Exceptional Children" was taken in the fall of 1958.1 We found that fifty-seven of our two hundred and fifty-seven children fell into the "gifted" class as indicated by the census.2 This rather pleased us at first, but upon further thought it alarmed us. The staff asked themselves, "Are we meeting the intellectual needs of these bright children?" A few months after the "Census" we used intelligence tests upon the students who had not been completely evaluated by the census because of lack of data. Previous to the census we had not administered intelligence tests to the first, second, or third grades. After results were obtained on these children, we found that we had even more "gifted" than were indicated on the census.3 This added impetus to our efforts and we groped about blindly for some pat solution, a system, a plan, to care for these children with their high intellects and extremely rich cultural backgrounds. We needed some information about the gifted . . . what giftedness is, how to identify it, and moat important, how to cope with it! 1. Vernon L. Nickell, "Illinois Census of Exceptional Children," Information and Directions, Circular-Census 1, (1958). 15. 2. Vernon L. Nickell, Illinois Census of Exceptional Children, Form 3a, Principal's Summary Report for Children: In School Not Receiving Special Services, (1958). 3. Vernon L. Nickell, Illinois Census of Exceptional Children, Form1. Teacher's Enumeration of Children in School. (1958a).


Includes bibliographical references.


52 pages, 2 unnumbered pages




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