International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Identification of Creative Abilities among Underprivileged Students
Jackson de Carvalho, Felix O. Chima

This article examined the impact of giftedness on the creative ability of young students. More specifically, it explored factors influencing the identification of gifted (those with superior IQs from 120 and above) from economically and culturally diverse backgrounds. The current research literature points to this pool of student as the most likely to carry the characteristics needed for creativity. Creative ability is an essential component to the resolution of problems related to everyday life and the workplace productivity in the 21st century global context. Resolution of problems is discussed as an effort to overcoming barriers by bridging gaps between status quo and desired state. This article explored alternative models for identifying disadvantaged students with the highest potential for creativity. Findings of the relevant literature indicated the need for revised educational policies to include culturally sensitive and comprehensive identification models less driven by standardized tests.

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