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ERIC Number: EJ910193
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3532
The Phenomenon of Waiting in Class
Peine, Marie E.; Coleman, Laurence J.
Journal for the Education of the Gifted, v34 n2 p220-244 Win 2010
Gifted children often complain about waiting in class to learn. A qualitative study of 16 children in elementary and middle school in grades 1-8 revealed that sitting and waiting was a universal ingredient of being gifted in those regular classrooms. Children experienced 3 kinds of waiting: school/classroom, instructional, and assignment. Grounded theory uncovered the variations in context producing waiting and the actions children use when encountering each type. Waiting is neither necessarily boring nor does it exist for every gifted child. Gifted children's voices illustrate how they experience life in the classroom. Implications of the findings for rethinking teaching, teacher evaluation, and classroom management are discussed. (Contains 1 table, 3 figures and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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