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Robinson, Ann; Dailey, Debbie; Hughes, Gail; Cotabish, Alicia – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2014
To develop Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) talents, both researchers and policy developers recommend that educators begin early. In this randomized study, we document the efficacy of teacher professional development and a rich problem-based inquiry curriculum to develop the science talent of elementary students. The…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Education, Academically Gifted, Science Achievement
Robinson, Ann; Cotabish, Alicia; Wood, Betty K.; O'Tuel, Fran S. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2014
When well-considered and grounded in current knowledge, program evaluations of services to gifted learners can be a powerful tool for increasing practitioners' knowledge and self-efficacy, and for effecting positive programmatic changes. The Arkansas Evaluation Initiative (AEI) in Gifted Education, a Jacob K. Javits-funded project, was implemented…
Descriptors: Gifted, Program Evaluation, Formative Evaluation, Attitude Change
Dove, Mary Jane; Pearson, L. Carolyn; Hooper, Herbert – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2010
The relationship between grade span configuration and academic achievement of 6th-grade students as measured by the Arkansas Benchmark Examination, which is the approved NCLB criterion-referenced annual assessment, was examined. The results of a one-between two-within analysis of variance for the 3-year state-wide study of 6th graders' combined…
Descriptors: Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Academic Achievement, Grade 6, Statistical Analysis