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Professional Development Data: A Review Of Action Research And Data Analysis And Its Implications For Special Education, Jennifer Lee Suppo 2016 Seton Hill University

Professional Development Data: A Review Of Action Research And Data Analysis And Its Implications For Special Education, Jennifer Lee Suppo

Journal of Research Initiatives

In today’s world of accountability and budgeting constraints, schools are examining how they get the most “bang for their buck” in the area of professional development experiences. Professional development has traditionally been used to keep teachers and administrators abreast of current teaching strategies. In using the traditional model of professional development, typically the school or district would have a speaker, who was knowledgeable on a random topic of education, come in and conduct a one-day seminar. More often than not, there was little accountability to this traditional model; little if any data was taken to see if the knowledge ...


Reversing The Tide In Science, Engineering, Technology And Mathematics (Stem): Academically Gifted African American Students In Historically Black Colleges & Universities, Delores Rice, Fred Bonner, Chance Lewis, Mary Alfred, Felecia M. Nave, Sherri Frizell 2016 Texas A & M University - Commerce

Reversing The Tide In Science, Engineering, Technology And Mathematics (Stem): Academically Gifted African American Students In Historically Black Colleges & Universities, Delores Rice, Fred Bonner, Chance Lewis, Mary Alfred, Felecia M. Nave, Sherri Frizell

Journal of Research Initiatives

What started off as a national concern has escalated to the point of crisis (Bonner, Alfred, Lewis, Nave & Frizell, 2009; Chubin & Malcolm, 2008; Hrabowski, Summers & Hrabowski, 2006). The current state of affairs regarding African American participation in STEM disciplines has become one of the thorniest issues of contemporary focus. This article highlights data collected for a NSF Education Research grant. The focus of this HBCU-UP project was to uncover factors contributing to the success of academically gifted (high-achieving) African American students enrolled in engineering programs at the 12 ABET accredited four-year institutions in the U.S. Specifically, this research highlights qualitative case study data ...


Realizing The Dream: African American Males’ Narratives That Encouraged The Pursuit Of Doctoral Education, Ted N. Ingram 2016 City University of New York, Bronx Community College,

Realizing The Dream: African American Males’ Narratives That Encouraged The Pursuit Of Doctoral Education, Ted N. Ingram

Journal of Research Initiatives

This article used personal narratives to discover factors affecting the decision of African American males to consider doctoral education. This study was based on qualitative interviews with 18 African American male doctoral students enrolled at predominantly white institutions as they reflected on their reasons for pursuing an advanced degree. The following were found to influence their decision: (a) need for faculty encouragement, (b) motivation to pursue a doctorate, and (c) their personal motivations. Recommendations are offered for increasing the numbers of African American male doctoral students.


2014 Lederman Scholar Award, Barb J. Miller, Adrienne Coleman 2016 Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

2014 Lederman Scholar Award, Barb J. Miller, Adrienne Coleman

Adrienne Coleman

Dr. Barbara Miller, Director of Enrollment and Academic Opportunities, and Dr. Adrienne Coleman, Multicultural Education Specialist, co-authored two articles: "The IMSA PROMISE: Igniting and Nurturing Diverse STEM Talent" published in IAGC Journal and "The IMSA© PROMISE: Diverse Perspectives Do Enrich Understanding!" published in Understanding Our Gifted.


Why Not Honors? Understanding Students’ Decisions Not To Enroll And Persist In Honors Programs, Timothy J. Nichols, Jacob Ailts, Kuo-Liang Chang 2016 South Dakota State University

Why Not Honors? Understanding Students’ Decisions Not To Enroll And Persist In Honors Programs, Timothy J. Nichols, Jacob Ailts, Kuo-Liang Chang

Honors in Practice -- Online Archive

In recent years, retention and graduation of honors students have received increasing attention in scholarly literature. In the spring of 2013, as a part of the strategic planning process, the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College invited current honors students to complete an online survey aimed at collecting information about the key factors that affected students’ initial decision to enroll in the honors college, the main reasons affecting their decision to continue their enrollment, and the challenges and levels of satisfaction they experienced. Study results indicated that most students were highly satisfied with ...


Evaluating The Application Of Program Outcomes To Study Abroad Experiences, Patricia Joanne Smith, Lawrence J. Mrozek 2016 University of Central Arkansas

Evaluating The Application Of Program Outcomes To Study Abroad Experiences, Patricia Joanne Smith, Lawrence J. Mrozek

Honors in Practice -- Online Archive

Study abroad is a critical component of a comprehensive higher education experience in today’s global society. The Institute of International Education (IIE) reported that, in 2013–2014, 304,467 U.S. students participated in study abroad. This number has more than tripled over the last two decades, and while short-term study abroad is still the most popular, the number of American students spending a semester or a year abroad is also increasing (IIE). According to Kuh, O’Donnell, and Reed, study abroad has been deemed a high-impact practice, and, as an experiential approach to global learning, study abroad has ...


Honoring Controversy: Using Real-World Problems To Teach Critical Thinking In Honors Courses, Sarita Cargas 2016 University of New Mexico

Honoring Controversy: Using Real-World Problems To Teach Critical Thinking In Honors Courses, Sarita Cargas

Honors in Practice -- Online Archive

Discussing controversy is an important practice for living in a democracy. If we want to live in a pluralist society, then we have to accept differences and be able to talk in light of them. In addition to examining opinions they do not hold, honors students, perhaps more than most other undergraduates, face the possibility of disagreeing with faculty and each other in the safe and controlled environment of the seminar classroom. Since respectful disagreement is not usually modeled in TV shows or the news media, it becomes morally imperative for us as honors teachers to practice it with our ...


Honors In Practice, Volume 12 (2016), Editorial Material, Ada Long, Dail Mullins, Karen Lyons 2016 University of Alabama - Birmingham

Honors In Practice, Volume 12 (2016), Editorial Material, Ada Long, Dail Mullins, Karen Lyons

Honors in Practice -- Online Archive

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Founder’S Award Speech, Nchc 50th Anniversary Conference, Chicago, Illinois, November 14, 2015, Bernice Braid 2016 Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus

Founder’S Award Speech, Nchc 50th Anniversary Conference, Chicago, Illinois, November 14, 2015, Bernice Braid

Honors in Practice -- Online Archive

We have always concentrated on how it is that people transform space into place. We have always asked people to look at the surface, then look beneath the surface, to ask “What is it like to live here? For whom? What makes you think so?” If you have time, go to the Art Institute of Chicago, and visit the exhibit “Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye.” He uses a version of City as Text to read a culture and environment before he even begins to design a building, in his case because he hopes to reshape “place” by addressing ...


Effects Of Peer Mentorship On Student Leadership, Giovanna Walters, Ashley Kanak 2016 Minnesota State University, Mankato

Effects Of Peer Mentorship On Student Leadership, Giovanna Walters, Ashley Kanak

Honors in Practice -- Online Archive

Orienting and welcoming first-year students to campus and to honors programs are often key components of program development. At an institutional level, successful orientation programs can positively affect retention rates from the first to second year. The greater a student’s involvement and integration into the life of the university, the less likely the student is to leave (Tinto). Institutional retention often translates into retention within honors programs as well. The most important benefit of orientation, however, is that students feel welcomed at the university and within the honors program. Not only do they understand the requirements of the program ...


Garden Variety Experiential Education: The “Material Turn” And Environmental Ethics, Allison B. Wallace 2016 University of Central Arkansas

Garden Variety Experiential Education: The “Material Turn” And Environmental Ethics, Allison B. Wallace

Honors in Practice -- Online Archive

“Productive play in the dirt” may be the hook that gets honors students at the University of Central Arkansas to take my junior seminar called Philosophy, Principles, and Practices of Organic Horticulture. They often express considerable enthusiasm for a class that gets them outside and working with their hands for much of the term, but this is not my primary reason for offering the course. With this seminar, I hope students will begin to learn, literally first-hand, the ecological reasons for an ethical relationship to nature. Organic gardening is one of the best courses for conveying such a message, largely ...


A Global Endeavor: Honors Undergraduate Research, Mimi Killinger, Kate Spies, Daniella Runyambo 2016 University of Maine

A Global Endeavor: Honors Undergraduate Research, Mimi Killinger, Kate Spies, Daniella Runyambo

Honors in Practice -- Online Archive

Like many other universities of its kind, the University of Maine has a centralized body, the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR), charged with engaging motivated students in independent learning and in the creation of new knowledge. UMaine furthermore has an honors college that is likewise committed to fostering undergraduate research, particularly research that is rooted in active learning under the guidance of a faculty mentor (University of Maine Honors College Mission Statement). Consistent with national trends, UMaine highly values the work that both CUGR and the honors college do in promoting undergraduate research. UMaine’s current strategic plan lists the ...


Gifted Education In Rural Schools, Paige E. Yeager 2016 University of Akron Main Campus

Gifted Education In Rural Schools, Paige E. Yeager

Honors Research Projects

This report is a summary of the observations and data collected during twenty hours of field work and observation. This project focuses on one child, identified as gifted, in a rural school district with limited resources. The report discusses the student’s current level of performance, analysis of the developmental domains (cognitive, language, social, emotional, and motor), accommodations and modifications used by the student’s teachers, guidelines determined by the State of Ohio and the W. Local School District, alignment to the state requirements, and suggestions for the improvement of the student’s educational experience. The report will explain how ...


Exploring Speech And Language Skills In Gifted Children: A Parent Perspective, Amanda Brewer 2016 University of Akron

Exploring Speech And Language Skills In Gifted Children: A Parent Perspective, Amanda Brewer

Honors Research Projects

The purpose of this research study was to examine the speech and language skills of gifted students, and to further look into gifted students who have previously had speech or language therapy. Information pertaining to gifted children, typical speech and language development, and gifted children who have a delay in speech was evaluated. The information was used to develop a survey instrument that asked parents about their gifted child’s speech and language. The overall results of this study confirmed many previously known characteristics of gifted students. It also showed that expressive language skills were less developed than receptive language ...


Teachers’ Perceptions Of The Effectiveness Of Academic Acceleration, Christy L. Schwartz 2016 Marshall University

Teachers’ Perceptions Of The Effectiveness Of Academic Acceleration, Christy L. Schwartz

Theses, Dissertations and Capstones

Acceleration is one method of differentiating instruction for gifted students that has proven to have positive academic and social-emotional benefits. However, it is often underutilized by teachers and administrators either due to misinformation or lack of information. The purpose of this study was to determine the perceptions held by teachers regarding the effectiveness of acceleration as a service option for students who are gifted. Findings indicated that, although teachers appear to be well-informed about the benefits of acceleration on academic achievement and engagement, they appear to be misinformed about the social-emotional effects of acceleration. The majority of teachers indicated that ...


The Allure Of Music: Implications For Academically Gifted Students, Erin Tolar 2016 DePauw University

The Allure Of Music: Implications For Academically Gifted Students, Erin Tolar

Student research

This thesis explores the complex interactions of academic giftedness as it relates to the pursuit of music. The literature review covers some of the main topics of giftedness, including what it means to be gifted, identification of giftedness, and music in gifted programs. Research was conducted at a small liberal arts college with a School of Music on academically gifted students. The survey and follow-up interview were constructed to assess whether academically gifted music students were more likely to experience conflict about their choice of major than academically gifted liberal arts students, non-academically gifted School of Music students, or non-academically ...


The Challenge Of Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder (Asd) In Honors Programs, Susan Yager 2016 Iowa State University

The Challenge Of Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder (Asd) In Honors Programs, Susan Yager

Honors in Practice -- Online Archive

When Temple Grandin spoke to the College of Engineering’s advisors on my campus, I was working as associate director of the university’s faculty development center. Not long before, I had attended a conference in Tucson, the National Faculty Center Institute for Facilitating the Success of Diverse Learners, where I first realized what seems obvious now: that freedom from discrimination on the basis of disability, including social disability, is a matter of civil rights, on a par with freedom from racism or sexism. While at the faculty development center, I also learned about the concept of universal design, that ...


2016 Intersession Catalog, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy 2016 Illinois Math and Science Academy

2016 Intersession Catalog, Illinois Mathematics And Science Academy

Intersession Catalogs

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Ability And Performance Comparisons Of Gifted Students In Homogeneous And Heterogeneous Settings, Cindy Rochelle Schwartz 2016 Walden University

Ability And Performance Comparisons Of Gifted Students In Homogeneous And Heterogeneous Settings, Cindy Rochelle Schwartz

Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies

To meet the educational needs and acceleration of talented and gifted (TAG) students, it is important to determine the best learning environment to afford optimal academic success during their educational experience. A study at a Bartow County school district in Georgia has been conducted in order to establish this best learning environment. This study investigated if Lexile scores (ability) and academic averages (performance) differ for 6th grade TAG students in homogeneous classes compared to TAG students in heterogeneous settings. Vygotsky's theory of social constructivism, which proposes that students need to feel socially and cognitively supported by their environment, was ...


Globally Aware And Gifted: A Qualitative Content-Analysis Of The Global Awareness Network Of The National Association For Gifted Children Between 2001 And 2010, Lara M. Quiles 2016 College of Education

Globally Aware And Gifted: A Qualitative Content-Analysis Of The Global Awareness Network Of The National Association For Gifted Children Between 2001 And 2010, Lara M. Quiles

University of Iowa Honors Theses

This study examined how qualitative content analysis could identify thematic trends in presentations of the Global Awareness Network of the National Association for Gifted Children conventions between 2001 and 2010. Utilizing a Qualitative Data Analysis software called nVivo, researchers input ten years of convention program information and analyzed both titles and descriptions for themes. These themes were coded within the software and then uploaded into bar graphs, highlighting common themes that emerged across network presentations in any given year. Unique themes were also represented. Results were considered for their use to inform current and future instruction of gifted learners.


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