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Psychometric versus Dynamic Assessment for identification of dual exceptional learners

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  • ABSTRACT: Traditionally, psychometric tests have been found to underestimate the intellectual potential of exceptional learners (e.g. gifted and talented children, pupils with specific learning difficulties [LDs]). Consequently, dynamic measures have been extensively used to identify the untapped learning potential of pupils with LDs, and yet only recently entered the identification procedures in gifted education. The purpose of this talk is to investigate the efficacy of psychometric and dynamic assessment (DA) in identifying a group of dual exceptional students who exhibited mathematical giftedness and specific learning difficulties. The study involved 30 pupils aged between 10 years and 11 years 11 months from three primary schools in Amman, Jordan. A multi-dimensional evaluation involving a combination of psychometric and dynamic mathematics assessment was used.
  • BIOGRAPHY: Anies Al-Hroub is an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology and Special Education. He completed his BA and MA from the University of Jordan, and his MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge. As Visiting Scholar (Jan-Sep 2010), hosted by the EED and PNE academic groups, Anies will be working on two independent research projects with Dr. David Whitebread and Dr. Pam Bernard. He is the author of Theories and Programmes of Education for the Gifted and Talented, and a consulting editor on the Journal of the International Association of Special Education (JIASE). He has published papers in the British Journal of Special Education, the British Journal of Educational Psychology, Roeper Review, Journal of Education for the Gifted, Psychology of Education Review, and La Nouvelle revue de l’adaptation et de la scolarisation. His research interests focus on gifted and talented education, the inclusive schooling for children with special educational needs, dyslexia and dyscalculia, creative thinking, dual-exceptionality, and psychometric and dynamic assessment.

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