Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation in Practice

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Morgridge College of Education, Teaching and Learning Sciences, Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Norma L. Hafenstein

Second Advisor

Paul Michalec

Third Advisor

Franita Ware

Fourth Advisor

Rashida Banerjee


Critical Race Theory, Gifted, Identification, Parent, Underrepresentation


The purpose of this phenomenological study was to examine the implications of the low numbers of identified gifted young, historically underrepresented students. The research questions that guided this study were: what are educators’ experiences of the gifted identification process of young, historically underrepresented students? What are parents’ experiences of the gifted identification process for their young, historically underrepresented child?

Participants were parents of a student from an underrepresented population (American Indian or Alaskan Native, Latinx, Black or African American, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander) identified gifted in second grade or younger or educators who were involved in the gifted identification process for underrepresented, young students. Participants completed a survey, and some opted into participating in a focus group specific parents or educators.

The themes that emerged in this study were advocacy, barriers to gifted identification for gifted, young, historically underrepresented students, cultural mismatches, and testing for gifted identification as a barrier and support for gifted, young underrepresented students. Through the lens of GiftedCrit™ (Greene, 2017), the researcher presents implications related to the persistent systemic racism evident in this phenomenon and recommendations to improve systems and structures in the gifted identification process on the school, district, and state levels.

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Rights Holder

Meryl A. Faulkner


Received from ProQuest

File Format




File Size

228 p.


Gifted education, Multicultural education