ERIC Number: EJ1147552
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Myth Busting: Do High-Performance Students Prefer Working Alone?
Walker, Cheryl L.; Shore, Bruce M.
Gifted and Talented International, v30 n1-2 p85-105 2015
There has been a longstanding assumption that gifted, high-ability, or high-performing students prefer working alone; however, this may not be true in every case. The current study expanded on this assumption to reveal more nuanced learning preferences of these students. Sixty-nine high-performing and community-school students in Grades 5 and 6 participated. A 26-item questionnaire addressed students' learning preferences. Nine students were interviewed after completing the questionnaire to further explore their answers. Substantial evidence supported high-performing students' preferences for working with others. These preferences were complex and varied depending on the learning situation. Implications for future research were discussed.
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, High Achievement, Preferences, Learning Processes, Grade 5, Grade 6, Elementary School Students, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Cooperative Learning, Grading, Study Habits, Assignments, Statistical Analysis, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Grade 6
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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