ERIC Number: EJ929317
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
Do Gifted Students Really Prefer to Work Alone?
French, Lisa R.; Walker, Cheryl L.; Shore, Bruce M.
Roeper Review, v33 n3 p145-159 2011
Gifted students' preference to work alone is widely espoused, but studies vary widely in their explanations. We re-examined this notion in terms of motivation and social constructivism among 247 school-identified gifted and high-achieving and regular-education students in Grades 4 through 12. Survey data assessed learning style, interests, preferred learning conditions, learning-related personality, perceptions of learning support, comments about ideal learning situations, and beliefs about why some children might prefer working alone. Some general preference to working alone was found among gifted students, but this was not strong and it varied based on how the question was posed. Gifted students who felt that their work was appreciated by teachers and fellow students reported the strongest preference to work with others. (Contains 2 tables, 8 figures and 1 footnote.)
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Cognitive Style, Student Attitudes, Academically Gifted, Teaching Methods, Independent Study, Student Motivation, High Achievement, Surveys, Student Interests, Educational Environment, Personality Traits, Gender Differences, Age Differences
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9
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