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ERIC Number: EJ1002243
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 89
ISSN: ISSN-1446-5442
The Longer They Stay the Less Talented They Perceive They Are: Females' Talent Based on Approaches to Learning
Bowles, Terry
Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, v12 p1-20 2012
A cohort of female adolescents from 11 to 18 Years of age (n = 325) completed a questionnaire based on Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences (Gardner, 1999) to examine their perception of their talents as they progressed through secondary school. Results showed that the highest ranking talents were Physical and Sport Activity, and Language and Communication. The perceptions of total talent declined from Year 7 to Year 9 and then remaining relatively stable from Year 10 to Year 12. Analysis of the nine talents by the two year level groups (the younger group of Year 7 to Year 9, and the older group of Years 10 to 12) showed three trends but there was no significant difference for individual talents. Cluster analysis of the nine talent scores revealed two groups of students with one group significantly higher (n = 156) in all talents and a second group significantly lower (n = 169) in comparison. A MANOVA comparing nine talents between year levels (younger/older) and cluster (low/high) showed only one interaction in which the low perceived talent, older students were problematically low on self-awareness. The findings are discussed in reference to students' developing accurate perceptions of their performance and enhancing the salience of past and future learning. (Contains 5 tables and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia