Paper Type

Master's Thesis


College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Master of Education in Elementary Education (MEd)


Foundations and Secondary Education

First Advisor

Dr. Ann H. Stoddard

Second Advisor

Dr. James W. Mittelstadt

Third Advisor

Dr. Robert M. Siudzinski


One purpose of this paper was to investigate differences between gifted students' attitudes toward school according to assignment to self-contained or resource gifted classes. The other purpose was to investigate differences in knowledge of gifted and positive attitudes of the students' parents and school staff. The students' attitudes were measured using Hogan's Survey of School attitudes with local items added. No significant differences were found in attitudes toward reading/language arts, science, mathematics or social studies. There were minor differences in the students' attitudes toward their gifted program and being gifted. The parents' and staffs' attitudes were measured using a researcher made scale, the Gifted Attitude Survey. There were no statistically significant differences between the groups. The results of these surveys were affected by the composition of each class as well as by the use of a differentiated curriculum in the resource format class.

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