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
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."
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
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.
Dr. Karnes, project personnel included Elizabeth Shaunessy, project
coordinator, Yolanda Cobb, research assistant and Priscilla Smith,