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Mayer, Anysia P. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2010
This article identifies factors that promoted the successful implementation of an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in an urban high school. The study draws on data from an in-depth case study at a large high school serving an urban community in a Western state. The study investigates seven implementation mechanisms that research…
Descriptors: High Schools, Program Evaluation, Advanced Placement Programs, Program Implementation
Bain, Sherry K.; McCallum, R. Steve; Bell, Sherry Mee; Cochran, Jeff L.; Sawyer, Stephani Choate – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2010
We investigated the aptitudes, attitudes, attributions, and achievement of undergraduates identified as gifted who were taking a beginning Spanish course, and compared these characteristics to undergraduates in the same cohort group who had not been identified as gifted. There were differences in the aptitudes, attitudes, and achievement of…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Second Languages, Second Language Learning, Measures (Individuals)
O'Shea, Margaret; Heilbronner, Nancy N.; Reis, Sally M. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2010
The issue of gender differences in female math achievement, especially among highly able females has been studied by researchers over the last few decades. The Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT), the most widely used instrument in the screening of college applicants, continues to show large and consistent differences among high-ability students,…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Females, Research Methodology, College Applicants
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
Geisler, Jennifer L.; Hessler, Terri; Gardner, Ralph, III; Lovelace, Temple S. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2009
African American students are overrepresented in special education and underrepresented in gifted education. This is in large part due to students' poor performance in core academic areas such as reading, math, and writing. Differentiating instruction in early grades could assist in closing the writing performance gap between African American and…
Descriptors: African American Students, Disproportionate Representation, Gifted, Special Education
Balduf, Megan – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2009
Many high-achieving students do not question their academic success. They do well and are content with the study skills they have developed to ensure that they achieve their goals. However, these students, whose high schools considered them achievers, experience difficulties and sometimes failure in situations where they had previously experienced…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Academically Gifted, Student Motivation, Motivation Techniques
Beghetto, Ronald A.; Kaufman, James C. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2009
Academic learning and creativity should be overlapping goals that can be simultaneously pursued in programs of advanced academics. However, efforts aimed at nurturing creativity and academic learning sometimes are represented as two related but separate paths; this separation is unnecessary and can undermine the development of creative and…
Descriptors: Gifted, Creativity, Academic Achievement, Holistic Approach
Bembenutty, Hefer – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2009
Academic delay of gratification is a significant and positive predictor of students' final course grades, even after controlling for the effect of their rating of the course, expected grade, and degree of interest, importance, and utility of the academic task. Students' expected course grades are by far the strongest predictor of their final…
Descriptors: College Students, Delay of Gratification, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation
Jairam, Dharma; Kiewra, Kenneth A. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2009
Students are rarely taught how to study. When study strategy instruction occurs, weak strategies are often advocated or strategies are presented in a hodgepodge leaving students without a systematic study plan. This experiment investigated a systematic study plan called SOAR that includes the components of "S"election, "O"rganization,…
Descriptors: Study Skills, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Students, Tests
Shaw, Emily J.; Kobrin, Jennifer L.; Packman, Sheryl F.; Schmidt, Amy Elizabeth – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2009
The media communicates the existence of two distinct types of college applicants: the frenzied, overachieving, anxious student who applies to many institutions, and the underprepared, less advantaged student whose parents are not at all familiar with the application process. The purpose of this study is to more realistically describe distinct…
Descriptors: College Preparation, College Choice, College Applicants, Enrollment Management
VanTassel-Baska, Joyce; Feng, Annie Xuemei; Swanson, Julie Dingle; Quek, Chwee; Chandler, Kimberley – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2009
This study examined the academic and affective profiles of gifted students who were classified under five prototypes, including low-income White students, low-income African American students, low-income other minority students, high nonverbal and low verbal students, and twice-exceptional students. A total of 37 vignettes were developed and…
Descriptors: African American Students, Academically Gifted, Low Income, Alternative Assessment
Conner, Jerusha O. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2009
Student engagement is widely viewed as an important antecedent to learning and achievement; however, research finds that engagement declines sharply as students advance through school. This article uses a mixed-methods approach to examine the engagement of high school seniors working on the IB Diploma Program's extended essay. Average engagement…
Descriptors: High School Seniors, Learner Engagement, Research Projects, School Activities
Shepard, Samuel J.; Nicpon, Megan Foley; Doobay, Alissa F. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2009
This study compared self-report ratings of self-concept before and after the first semester of college among a group of 21 early entrance college students. Results indicated that students maintained their overall level of self-concept following their first semester of college. Mild increases in self-concept were noted in the domains of Physical…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Acceleration (Education), Self Concept, Comparative Analysis
Shiu, Alexandra; Kettler, Todd; Johnsen, Susan K. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2009
This article describes the effects of placing Spanish-speaking students in an Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish Language course in the 8th grade. Fifty-eight Hispanic students in the AP class and a similar comparison group answered survey questions on parental involvement, peers, sense of belonging at school, and academic aspirations. Data gathered…
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, Speech Communication, Advanced Placement, Parent Participation
Schroth, Stephen T.; Helfer, Jason A. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2009
Experts have developed varying, and sometimes conflicting, conceptions of academic talent and giftedness. Classroom and school composition often are tied to these conceptions of academic talent and giftedness, and magnet and charter schools select certain students who best "ft" their particular conception of giftedness. Educators' perceptions and…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Academically Gifted, Talent, Definitions
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