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ERIC Number: ED550321
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 192
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2678-0436-5
The Measurement of Change in Pre-Service Teachers' Attitudes on Giftedness and Gifted Students: A Professional Development Approach
McCuller, Bryan Hildreth
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, New Mexico State University
This study examined the question of whether or not the provision of professional development (PD) for pre-service teachers would change their attitudes toward giftedness and gifted students. The research was conducted with pre-service teachers in the College of Education at New Mexico State University (NMSU). In this random pre/post-test experimental/control group design, an experimental group and a control group were administered a pre-and-post-survey to measure pre-service teachers' attitudes regarding giftedness and gifted students. Data were collected, scored, and analyzed by an analysis of co-variance (ANCOVA) for hypotheses 1 through 6 generated from a survey on gifted attitudes. For hypothesis 7, the data were analyzed using a t-test. For hypothesis 8, the data were analyzed using a multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) in order to determine the statistical significance existing between the control and experimental groups regarding attitudes toward giftedness and gifted students at the p < 0.05 level. Results indicated significance on most factors, therefore suggesting that professional development on giftedness and gifted students can be an effective vehicle in providing knowledge about giftedness to educators. [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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Identifiers - Location: New Mexico