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ERIC Number: ED565945
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 118
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3037-1729-1
Exploring Teachers' Experiences of Working with Gifted Students Who Underachieve
Maddox, Mae
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Some gifted students at a local elementary charter school were not performing at a level commensurate with their abilities. The purpose of this narrative study was to gain insight into why some gifted students struggled academically in the classroom by examining the perceptions of teachers who worked directly with these students. The theory of constructivism was used as the basis for capturing the multiple perspectives of the teachers about the phenomenon of interest. Using this conceptual framework, narratives of teachers' experiences of working with gifted underachieving students were gathered. Five purposefully selected 4th and 5th-grade charter school teachers shared their stories through individual face-to-face audiotaped interviews. This study focused on gathering the narratives of their experiences about working with underachieving gifted students. Each story was analyzed inductively for themes, followed by a review across the 5 stories for common themes. According to study findings, 3 common factors contributed to underachievement among the gifted: lack of motivation, inadequate parental/role model support, and student's lack of knowledge base. Knowledge of the findings can assist teachers in differentiating instruction and selecting and implementing appropriate interventions. The implications for positive social change are based on raising awareness among teachers and parents that underachievement is a problem among gifted students and sharing information about the potential causes of underachievement among these gifted students. [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 Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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