Scales for Rating the Behavioral Characteristics of Superior Students--Print Version : 50 Booklets book cover
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Scales for Rating the Behavioral Characteristics of Superior Students--Print Version
50 Booklets

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ISBN 9781618210999
Published December 14, 2021 by Routledge
16 Pages

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Book Description

The Scales for Rating the Behavioral Characteristics of Superior Students are commonly referred to as the

  • Renzulli Scales or
  • Renzulli-Hartman Scales.
Now in its third edition, the Renzulli Scales are the nation's most popular tool for identifying gifted children. Supported by 40 years of research, the Renzulli Scales are used by gifted and talented programs across the country. This standardized instrument is completed by teachers and provides an effective method for identifying gifted children. The Renzulli Scales are designed to obtain teacher estimates of a student's characteristics in the following areas:
  • 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

Each scale contains multiple items that are rated using a Likert-type scale. The first four scales (learning, creativity, motivation, and leadership) are used by most schools that use the Scales. The remaining 10 scales are focused on specific areas. They are used by schools when those areas seem appropriate for a gifted program's goals. For example, a program serving gifted math students would use the mathematics scale, a science academy would use the science scale, etc.

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.

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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.