Predictive Factors of Literacy Achievement in Young Gifted Children in Rural Schools
El-Abd, Maria, Education - Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Callahan, Carolyn, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
The purpose of the present study was to investigate predictive factors of literacy achievement in third-grade students identified as gifted in rural schools. The sample consisted of 180 identified students in a total of eight districts, three of which were randomly assigned to the treatment condition and five of which were randomly assigned to the control condition. Students in the treatment condition received instruction with a place-based folklore unit of the CLEAR Curriculum, a language-arts based curriculum designed to challenge gifted learners, in addition to an intervention promoting a growth mindset. Results of the present study indicated that prior achievement, mindset, and gender were all statistically (p < .05) and practically significant predictors of literacy achievement for students identified as gifted in rural areas. A stronger growth mindset was associated with lower literacy achievement scores. Practical implications and recommendations, as well as limitations and directions for further research, were discussed.
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Gifted education, Rural , Place-based curriculum, Mindset