|Author(s)||Kovalcikova, I. & Kresila, J.|
|Editor||P. Cunningham, Human Rights and Citizenship Education|
Can we assess and measure latent learning capacity rather than quantity developed abilities? Why are the children from socially disadvantaging environments (SDE) shifted into the programs of special education more frequently than majority children? Are they really less smart? The children from socially disadvantaging environments frequently score lower in the conventional static tests of cognitive abilities than children from the majority population. What could be a reason? Possible explanation includes: The conventional static tests of cognitive abilities: - Do not adequately detect the latent learning capacity of the tested children, - Do not adequately predict potentials for cognitive development . How we can help them to meet their needs? How can we assess and measure developmental potential rather than quantify developed abilities?