Category: Poster

25 - Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analysis to Measure Construct Validity of the TABS

Friday, Nov 10
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

To ensure that gifted students from all cultural backgrounds are identified, teacher bias during the referral/nomination process must be minimized. This study evaluated the construct validity of the Traits, Aptitudes, and Behaviors Scale (TABS). Of the total sample (n = 2,330), 64.6% of the children were identified as African-American, 29.0% as Caucasian, and 6.4% had no or other racial category specified. Results point to a one-factor solution for the TABS EFA sample; however, CFA showed mixed results. While the TABS factor structure suggests it measures a single construct of giftedness, additional studies are needed to confirm these findings.

Kevin D. Besnoy

Associate Director, K-12 Programs - ACCESS Virtual Learning
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Dr. Kevin D. Besnoy and the Associate Director of K-12 Programming and Director of ACCESS Virutal at The University of Alabama. He earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education an emphasis in Gifted and Talented Education and Instructional Technology from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2006. Prior to coming to the The University of Alabama in 2011, Dr. Besnoy worked at Northern Kentucky University where he co-founded the Institute for Talent Development and Gifted Studies. His research interests focus on integrating technology into classroom instruction, effective virtual learning environments, identification of giftedness among culturally diverse populations, and advocacy for twice-exceptional students. Dr. Besnoy’s accomplishments include developing a model for supporting a sustainable classroom digital ecosystem and exploring theoretical implications of the Technology Zone of Proximal Development. When Dr. Besnoy is not conducting research or teaching classes, he spends time playing in a power trio band with his twin 8-year olds called 'Potato Chips'. His son Simon plays the drums, his daughter Penelope plays the ukuele, and Dr. Besnoy plays the guitar.