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ERIC Number: ED550766
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 231
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2679-5448-0
A Study of Gifted Male Students: Perceptions of K-12 Learning Experiences
Fox, Evin Langley
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Idaho
The purpose of this study was to investigate the lived experience of four Gifted male students, aged 15-19, examining events that inhibit or advance a successful learning experience, and as a possible outcome, provide school administrators, curriculum directors, and teachers with a framework to improve the delivery of Gifted education. The qualitative multiple case study methodology was chosen because of its unique design and inclusion of the subjects' voices. According to Merriam (2009), when researchers include the experience of the subject being studied, they are provided a glimpse into an often unseen world, that of the learner. Moreover, by using case studies, the researcher recognized Merriam's assessment of the complexity of the situation being studied, and allowed for the possibilities of multiple factors impacting the study. "Qualitative researchers are interested in understanding how people interpret their experiences, how they construct their worlds, and what meaning they attribute to their experiences" (p. 5). The theoretical framework was shaped by three themes. Bridgeland, Dilulio and Morison (2006), and Kane, Rockoff, and Steiger's (2006) research defining great teachers and teaching; Bandura (2002), and Renzulli's (2012) study of self-regulation and self-efficacy, and Kaplan (2007) and Wilhelm's (2007) work with access and barriers, as determinants of Gifted male learners engagement in school. The participants were identified as Gifted by local school district standards based on multiple measurements broadly used in K-12 systems in the United States as supported by Renzulli (2012). [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: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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