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ERIC Number: EJ910197
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3532
Improving Performance for Gifted Students in a Cluster Grouping Model
Brulles, Dina; Saunders, Rachel; Cohn, Sanford J.
Journal for the Education of the Gifted, v34 n2 p327-350 Win 2010
Although experts in gifted education widely promote cluster grouping gifted students, little empirical evidence is available to attest to its effectiveness. This study is an example of comparative action research in the form of a quantitative case study that focused on the mandated cluster grouping practices for gifted students in an urban elementary school district. Some school administrators chose not to follow the model as designed, resulting in the emergence of two groups: gifted students in cluster-grouped classrooms and those in regular heterogeneous classrooms. This action research project analyzed achievement in mathematics for subgroups that included gender, grade levels, ethnicity, and English language learner status. Results indicate that the gifted students in gifted cluster classes demonstrated statistically significant and scientifically meaningful achievement growth, regardless of their demographic group. (Contains 3 tables, 1 footnote, and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 7; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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