Intersectional Examination of Teachers' Gifted Referral Decision-Making for Diverse Students (PA164)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
11:00 AM–11:50 AM

  • PMD: 5,8
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 7: Psychological Services for Specific Groups of Students

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. recognize the need to continually and intentionally address factors related to disproportionality within gifted education and special education
  2. recognize factors related to bias within the gifted education and special education referral process
  3. understand factors related to teacher referrals for gifted programming and special education services


This session explores student-level and teacher-level factors significantly related to elementary teacher nominations for gifted programs and special education referrals. Student ethnicity, gender, and disability status are varied through a vignette describing a student with characteristics common to gifted students and students with emotional disabilities. Practitioners will gain insight into factors affecting the referral process, and challenges related to disproportionality within gifted and special education.

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Veronica A. Smith, Psychological Assessment and Consulting, Muncie, IN
Maria Hernandez Finch, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
W. Holmes Finch, Ball State University, Muncie , IN

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