Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Committee Member

Patti L. Chance

Number of Pages



Gifted and talented education students demonstrate outstanding ability in the areas of general intelligence, creative thinking, productive thinking, leadership, the visual arts, the performing arts, or an academic aptitude in a specified area. This study is a comparative, qualitative analysis of two groups of disadvantaged students who were categorized as gifted and talented in elementary school, and their postsecondary goals. Twelve students of cross-cultural backgrounds are included in the study. The academic journey of the students from elementary through secondary school, and the factors that determined whether they made it to college or not are the focus of the study. The researcher draws comparisons between the students' personal experiences including community and institutional influences. A goal of the research was to gain insight regarding disadvantaged, gifted students. The results are intended to assist educators with ideas for pro-active planning in meeting the needs of disadvantaged, gifted students, relative to college aspirations.


College; Disadvantaged; Disadvantaged Students; Don; Gifted; Gifted And Talented; Implications; Leaders; Make; Schools; School Leaders; Students; School Leaders Talented

Controlled Subject

School management and organization; Special education

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6021.12 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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