ERIC Number: ED297524
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
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A Content Analysis of the Research on Giftedness: How Well Are We Doing?
Rogers, Karen B.
A preliminary analysis of literature published in the area of gifted education from January 1975 to December 1986 sought to analyze its content and to discern trends in the types of research-based topics addressed. Eliminating duplicate citations, the study analyzed 2,680 citations from three databases: the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), Exceptional Child Education Resources (ECER), and Psychological Information Abstracts (PSYC). All general descriptors for the terms "gifted" and "creative" listed for each database were used. Studies were categorized by year, database source, type of publication, subject, and research- or nonresearch-based. Further analysis of the 870 research-based articles classified them by topic, type of research design, sample size, sample age level, and number of variables studied. Results indicated that 20 percent of the gifted literature was research-based. Non-research literature was most concerned with curricular and programmatic issues, while the research literature focused more on student-centered issues. Journal articles comprised 91 percent of the non-research-based publications, but only 51 percent of the research reports. The most common research designs were causal-comparative and correlational. The most frequently researched age level was elementary, comprising 46 percent of the research studies conducted. (Author/JW)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (66th, Washington, DC, March 28-April 1, 1988).