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ERIC Number: ED002871
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1960
Pages: 67
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EFFECTS OF SPECIAL TRAINING ON THE ACHIEVEMENT AND ADJUSTMENT OF GIFTED CHILDREN.
HAMPTON, NELLIE D.
AN EXPERIMENTAL 8-WEEK SUMMER PROGRAM FOR GIFTED CHILDREN IN RURAL AREAS AND TOWNS WAS TESTED FOR EFFECTIVENESS. THE HYPOTHESIS OF THIS PROJECT WAS THAT THERE WOULD BE NO SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE IN ACHIEVEMENT OR ADJUSTMENT BETWEEN STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN THIS SPECIAL PROGRAM AND STUDENTS WHO HAD THE SAME INTELLIGENCE BUT NO SPECIAL TRAINING. THREE GROUPS OF 60 FIFTH-GRADE CHILDREN EACH WERE ESTABLISHED. EACH SUBJECT HAD AN IQ ABOVE 120. AN EXPERIMENTAL GROUP AND A CONTROL GROUP WERE PRETESTED AND ORGANIZED. POST-TESTING WAS DELAYED APPROXIMATELY 1 ACADEMIC YEAR FOLLOWING THE CLOSE OF THE SPECIAL SUMMER SESSION FOR THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP. THE THIRD GROUP WAS SELECTED FROM A NEARBY COMMUNITY FOR TESTING AND STUDY, BUT BECAUSE SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES EXISTED IN THE INITIAL ACHIEVEMENT SCORES BETWEEN THIS GROUP AND THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP, ADEQUATE COMPARISONS COULD NOT BE MADE. BASED ON THE ANALYSIS OF THE DATA AND FINDINGS, THE NULL HYPOTHESIS WITH RESPECT TO GROUP DIFFERENCES WAS PARTIALLY SUBSTANTIATED. SUCH FUNCTIONAL AREAS AS LIBRARY RESEARCH AND CRITICAL THINKING WERE EMPHASIZED DURING THE SUMMER PROGRAM, AND THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP DID EXCEL IN THEM. IT WAS SUGGESTED THAT, WITH THE POSSIBLE DEVELOPMENT OF OTHER MEASURING DEVICES TAILORED TO THE OUTCOMES OF EXPERIMENTAL SUMMER SESSIONS, MORE PRONOUNCED DIFFERENCES BETWEEN EXPERIMENTAL AND CONTROL GROUPS MIGHT BE DISCOVERED. (JH)
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Authoring Institution: Iowa State Dept. of Public Instruction, Des Moines.; State Coll. of Iowa, Cedar Falls.
Identifiers: IOWA; Iowa (Cedar Falls); Iowa (Des Moines)