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Kettler, Todd – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2016
Bui, Craig, and Imberman assessed the impact of gifted and talented programs on student achievement using regression discontinuity and random assignment to gifted magnet schools. In both analyses, they found minimal impact of the gifted and talented programs on student achievement. This commentary addresses two concerns associated with the study.…
Descriptors: Economic Research, Educational Research, Gifted, Special Education
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Gentry, Marcia – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2016
In this commentary on "Does Sorting Students Improve Scores? An Analysis of Class Composition" (Collins and Gan 2013), the author discusses the findings in Collins and Gan's study on grouping to provide appropriate-level instruction to promote students' academic growth. This commentary critiques the credibility and validity of the…
Descriptors: Scores, Academic Achievement, Credibility, Validity
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Furtwengler, Scott R. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2015
The present study sought to determine the extent to which participation in a post-secondary honors program affected academic achievement. Archival data were collected on three cohorts of high-achieving students at a large public university. Propensity scores were calculated on factors predicting participation in honors and used as the covariate.…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Postsecondary Education, Academic Achievement, High Achievement
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Stoddard, Jeremy D.; Tieso, Carol L.; Robbins, Janice I. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2015
This article presents findings from a large-scale curriculum development, quasi-experimental study. Participating teachers implemented four U.S. history units in their diverse middle-grade classes; these units were developed to engage underachieving students in challenging history and democratic citizenship curriculum and instruction featuring…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Curriculum Development, Underachievement, United States History
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Honken, Nora B.; Ralston, Patricia A. S. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2013
This study investigated the relationship among lack of self-control, academic ability, and academic performance for a cohort of freshman engineering students who were, with a few exceptions, extremely high achievers in high school. Structural equation modeling analysis led to the conclusion that lack of self-control in high school, as measured by…
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Academic Achievement, Grade Point Average, Homework
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Dai, David Yun; Rinn, Anne N.; Tan, Xiaoyuan – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2013
The purposes of this study were to (a) examine the presence and prevalence of the big-fish-little-pond effect (BFLPE) in summer programs for the gifted, (b) identify group and individual difference variables that help predict those who are more susceptible to the BFLPE, and (c) put the possible BFLPE on academic self-concept in a larger context of…
Descriptors: Gifted, Academic Achievement, Individual Differences, Summer Programs
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Hailey, Emily; Callahan, Carolyn M.; Azano, Amy; Moon, Tonya R. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2012
Reliability and validity are integral concepts in assessment design. Test speededness, the influence of time constraints on test taker performance, is often an overlooked threat to reliability and validity, especially in classroom-based testing. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the degree of test speededness of classroom-based assessments…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Student Evaluation, Validity, Grade 3
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Wellisch, Mimi; Brown, Jac – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2012
Gifted children who do not achieve often have problems with motivation and socioemotional adjustment and may also have learning disabilities. This article examines factors such as attachment difficulties and maternal depression as these may contribute to underachievement. The article reviews past and current practices of gifted identification and…
Descriptors: Gifted, Underachievement, Gifted Disadvantaged, Gifted Disabled
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Matthews, Paul H.; Mellom, Paula J. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2012
Mixed-method evaluation of two iterations of month-long summer enrichment programs for English-learning secondary students investigated impacts on participants' beliefs about school and academic achievement, and on actual course choices, test outcomes, and graduation rates. Students (N = 85) from one ethnically diverse, high-poverty high school in…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, English Language Learners, Enrichment Activities, Summer Programs
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Brulles, Dina; Peters, Scott J.; Saunders, Rachel – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2012
An increasing number of schools are implementing gifted cluster grouping models as a cost-effective way to provide gifted services. This study is an example of comparative action research in the form of a quantitative case study that focused on mathematic achievement for nongifted students in a district that incorporated a schoolwide cluster…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Action Research, Mathematics Achievement, Academic Achievement
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McDonald, Denise; Farrell, Tina – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2012
Focus Group interviews with 31 disadvantaged students in an Early College High School (ECHS) program present insights to students' experience in the hybrid school, specifically regarding their perceptions of college readiness. Student "voice" in research can yield significant information when examining aspects of school design that…
Descriptors: High School Students, Disadvantaged, College Preparation, College Readiness
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McInerney, Dennis M.; Cheng, Rebecca Wing-yi; Mok, Magdalena Mo Ching; Lam, Amy Kwok Hap – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2012
This study examined the prediction of academic self-concept (English and Mathematics) and learning strategies (deep and surface), and their direction of effect, on academic achievement (English and Mathematics) of 8,354 students from 16 secondary schools in Hong Kong. Two competing models were tested to ascertain the direction of effect: Model A…
Descriptors: Structural Equation Models, Academic Achievement, Learning Strategies, Foreign Countries
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Azano, Amy; Missett, Tracy C.; Callahan, Carolyn M.; Oh, Sarah; Brunner, Marguerite; Foster, Lisa H.; Moon, Tonya R. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2011
This study used sequential mixed-methods analyses to investigate the effectiveness of a research-based language arts curriculum for gifted third graders. Using analytic induction, researchers found that teachers' beliefs and expectations (time, sense of autonomy, expectations for students, professional expertise) influenced the degree to which…
Descriptors: Expertise, Intervention, Gifted, Academic Achievement
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Welsh, Megan E. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2011
States and districts are under increasing pressure to evaluate the effectiveness of their teachers and to ensure that all students receive high-quality instruction. This article describes some of the challenges associated with current effectiveness approaches, including paper-and-pencil tests of pedagogical content knowledge, classroom observation…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Gifted, Teacher Evaluation, Computer Simulation
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Makel, Matthew C.; Li, Yan; Putallaz, Martha; Wai, Jonathan – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2011
This study considered how three groups of academically talented high school students--those who attended an academic summer program (TIP), those who qualified for the program but chose not to attend (QNA), and those who did not qualify (DNQ)--spent time outside the classroom. These groupings differentiated students by ability (QNA vs. DNQ) and…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Television Viewing, Adolescent Development, Summer Programs
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