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ERIC Number: EJ886915
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1085-5300
High School Students' Beliefs about Intelligence
Jones, Brett D.; Byrd, C. Noel; Lusk, Danielle
Research in the Schools, v16 n2 p1-14 Fall 2009
We implemented a sequential mixed methods design using parallel samples to answer our general research question: What are high school students' definitions of intelligence and implicit beliefs about the malleability of intelligence? We surveyed 9th and 11th grade students who responded to questions about their intelligence beliefs on open- and closed-ended items (Stage 1, n = 73; Stage 2, n = 150). Themes developed in the qualitative analysis were replicated closely in the quantitative analysis. We documented that high school students' definitions of intelligence can be explained by 3 broad factors in which intelligent students are portrayed as exhibiting thoughtfulness (i.e., making good decisions and caring about the well-being of others), putting forth effort in their academic endeavors, and having high abilities. Furthermore, many high school students believed that intelligence was malleable. (Contains 11 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 11; Grade 9; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia