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Released May 27, 2003


HATTIESBURG - Dr. Frances A. Karnes and members of her staff at the Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi have created a new manual for assessing and instructing culturally diverse gifted students.

Expanding Appropriate Assessment and Differentiated Instruction for Culturally Diverse Gifted Students was produced through a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education and Southern Miss. The text addresses critical issues in assessing and serving culturally diverse gifted children, including "A Review of Literature: Nonverbal Measures of Intelligence," "Using Nonverbal Measures of Intelligence with Three Culturally Diverse Schools" and "Best Practices for Teaching Culturally Diverse Gifted Students."

The manual is being provided to all public school superintendents of education in Mississippi to share with their district administrators and faculty. District personnel are encouraged to utilize information within chapters, which will serve as helpful guides in staff development for screening, identifying and instructing culturally diverse gifted students.

Included within the appendices are characteristics of diverse groups of gifted students, including African-American, Asian-American, Native American and Hispanic-American. Also provided are recommended instructional strategies for these culturally diverse groups, as well as information about gifted visual-spatial learners.

Along with Dr. Karnes, project personnel included Elizabeth Shaunessy, project coordinator, Yolanda Cobb, research assistant and Priscilla Smith, data technician.


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April 20, 2004 4:09 PM