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ERIC Number: ED521482
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 163
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1241-5284-4
To Participate or Not to Participate: The Perceptions of Gifted Students regarding an Honors Program at a Private Southeastern University
Robbins, Gerri Ann
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Mercer University
The number of students who become completers of an honors program on college campuses is low. A mixed methods approach was utilized to determine the perceptions of gifted students regarding an honors program at a private, Southeastern university. Students who were honors program participants, honors program drop-outs, and qualified non-participants were surveyed during a pilot study to establish reliability for the Robbins-Carter Honors Program Survey. For this follow-up study, students within the same student categories were surveyed regarding their perceptions of the honors program via the Robbins-Carter Honors Program survey. In addition, students from the three groups were interviewed through in-depth, semi-structured interviews regarding their perceptions of the honors program. Finally, a chi-square test of independence was conducted to determine if a significant relationship existed between three student groups and graduation rates. Based upon analysis of the data, the researcher determined that students who were honors program participants reported negative perceptions regarding: (1) advertisement of the program, (2) overall organization and design, (3) the benefits of participation, (4) communication regarding the program, (5) assistance with the research component, and (6) financial assistance based upon participation. The students who disenrolled from the honors program reported that they did not perceive the benefits of the program to be valuable enough for their continued participation. The students expressed that there was not clear direction provided regarding the components of the program and the requirements to participate effectively. The students who were qualified to participate in the honors program and chose not to do so perceived the honors program as lacking in that information was not shared throughout the university regarding the application process, requirements, and benefits involved in participating in the program. A significant relationship was found between the type of student group and graduation rates. The graduation rate for honors program students for this study was 70%, which was lower than the students who were qualified to participate in the honors program and chose not to do so and the students who disenrolled from the program. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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