Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Teacher Education


This study investigated the hypothesis that there is a significant different in the artistic ability of academically gifted sixth grade students compared to that of artistically talented sixth grade students. Also to study a sub-hypothesis that after being introduced to an art program following guidelines for a gifted curriculum, the academically gifted would improve more in artistic ability than the artistically talented group. Thirty-six students took part in the study. Fifteen were identified as gifted by high California Achievement Test Scores and had taken part in the gifted program at their school. The other fifteen were nominated by the art teacher on the basis of their outstanding artistic ability. The Clark's Drawing Abilities Test was administered as a pre- and posttest measurement of artistic ability. The art curriculum was presented an hour a week for seven weeks. Results of the study showed that although the artistically talented group tended to score highest on the pretest, there was no significant difference between the gain scores of the two groups after the seven weeks of curriculum. The results were discussed in terms of the present findings, their relevance for future research and educational implications.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Teacher Education and the Faculty of the Grade College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1991 Judith K. Schram