Date of Award
Morgridge College of Education
P. Bruce Uhrmacher, Ph.D.
Nicole M. Russell, Ph.D.
African American, Black, Early childhood, Gifted, Preschool
"Knowledge is like a garden: if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested"
Each day, African-American children are rarely given the opportunity to reach their full potential and flourish in American school systems. There continues to be a disparity in the number of African-Americans in the gifted population. When identified early, and with appropriate educational opportunities, young, culturally diverse gifted learners will be more likely to have long-term educational success. By utilizing an educational criticism methodology, this study discusses the importance of gifted education for African-American, early childhood students, by answering the question, how does The Hope Center engage in gifted education. This investigation reveals how one inner-city preschool program has planted seeds of Hope for an underrepresented group of learners. This is a reflection of how one small community is doing its part in cultivating our youngest gardens of learning.
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Danielle Elaine MacNeal-Harris
Received from ProQuest
MacNeal-Harris, Danielle Elaine, "How Does Your Garden Grow: How Planting Seeds of Hope Inspire a Community of Gifted African-American Learners to Flourish in an Early Childhood Setting" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 272.
African American studies, Early childhood education, Gifted education