Scales for Rating the Behavioral Characteristics of Superior Students--Print Version
The Scales for Rating the Behavioral Characteristics of Superior Students are commonly referred to as the
- Renzulli Scales or
- Renzulli-Hartman Scales .
- Learning Characteristics
- Creativity Characteristics
- Motivation Characteristics
- Leadership Characteristics
- Artistic Characteristics
- Musical Characteristics
- Dramatics Characteristics
- Communication Characteristics (Precision)
- Communication Characteristics (Expressiveness)
- Planning Characteristics
- Mathematics Characteristics
- Reading Characteristics
- Technology Characteristics
- Science Characteristics
Research shows that gifted children tend to exhibit certain observable behaviors, such as using advanced vocabulary, grasping underlying principles, and making generalizations from complex information. The Renzulli Scales asks teachers to rate children in comparison to their peers on a host of these observable behaviors. The children who score high on the scales are more likely to be gifted. Using a tool like the Scales, a school can narrow the number of students who will be fully evaluated for a gifted program.
The items were chosen from a comprehensive body of research concerning the characteristics of gifted students. Based on a multiple talent approach to the identification of gifted students, the scales help identify student strengths.
Joseph Renzulli is a professor of educational psychology at the University of Connecticut, where he also has served as the director of the Renzulli Center For Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development.