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ERIC Number: ED498256
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr-13
Pages: 54
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 111
Enhancing Visibility of Students' Learning Styles for Talent Development Using Actual and Ideal School Drawings
Armstrong, Dorothy Ciner
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, Apr 2004)
As the field of gifted education has increasingly embraced broader definitions of giftedness, teachers and specialists in the education of the gifted and talented need additional ways to assess the talent development needs of a broader array of students. Since learning styles comprise an important component of any comprehensive talent development plan, teachers need efficient ways to learn each student's preferences. The two studies reported here explored the consistency with which school drawings revealed a student's learning style preferences. They extended the work of Knoff and Prout with children's actual school drawings to add an ideal school drawing as well as 19 learning style questions. In Study 1 eighth grade students (n=125) and students in third and fourth grade (n=229) in Study 2 completed actual and ideal school drawings twice with a three-month interval between administrations. The results showed that the students selected their learning style preferences with consistency within and across trials. While developed for use in talent development programming for high ability students, these studies showed that the drawings could successfully be used with the broad spectrum of students found within any classroom to enhance their talent development. (Contains 2 figures and 6 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A