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ERIC Number: EJ796764
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0016-9862
Reviving Perry: An Analysis of Epistemological Change by Gender and Ethnicity among Gifted High School Students
Thomas, Jerald A.
Gifted Child Quarterly, v52 n1 p87-98 2008
This study examines development along Perry's intellectual and ethical scale among three successive graduating classes of students identified as gifted and talented in mathematics and science. Perry posits that intellectual development proceeds from a basic dualism through nine stages ("positions") and culminates with a sense of personal identify and commitment. Perry suggests that the college years act as the agent of intellectual development, but others have argued that Perry's scheme is not flexible enough to account for gender- and culture-based differences. This study uses a paper-and-pencil questionnaire to describe developmental characteristics of gifted high school students and examines between-group differences between gender and ethnic groups at the high school sophomore and senior years. All groups showed significant improvement from sophomore to senior year. There were no differences by gender or ethnicity at the sophomore year, but by senior year, significant developmental differences existed among ethnic groups. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 11; Grade 12; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A