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http://gcq.sagepub.com Gifted Child Quarterly DOI: 10.1177/001698620605000203 2006; 50; 104 Gifted Child Quarterly Letty J. Rayneri, Brian L. Gerber and Larry P. Wiley Middle School Students and the Impact on Levels of Performance The Relationship Between Classroom Environment and the Learning Style Preferences of Gifted http://gcq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/50/2/104 The online version of this article can be found at: Published by: http://www.sagepublications.com On behalf of: National Association for Gifted Children can be found at: Gifted Child Quarterly Additional services and information for http://gcq.sagepub.com/cgi/alerts Email Alerts: http://gcq.sagepub.com/subscriptions Subscriptions: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsReprints.nav Reprints: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav Permissions: http://gcq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/refs/50/2/104 Citations by Katherine Prammer on April 21, 2009 http://gcq.sagepub.com Downloaded from
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LEARNING STYLE PREFERENCES AND PERCEPTIONS 104 GIFTED CHILD QUARTERLY • SPRING 2006 • VOL 50 NO 2 Academic underachievement is a national problem according to the U.S. Department of Education (1993) report, National Excellence: A Case for Developing America’s Talent . The report states that 40% of the top 5% of high school graduates will not graduate from college. Not only is underachievement a problem among gifted students, it also appears to be a problem at all ability levels. A report by the Carnegie Corporation of New York (1996) indi- cates that by the fourth grade, the performance of most American children has dropped below grade level; it has also dropped below the performance level of fourth graders from other countries, many of which are our eco- nomic competitors. The Relationship Between Classroom Environment and the Learning Style Preferences of Gifted Middle School Students and the Impact on Levels of Performance Letty J. Rayneri Brian L. Gerber and Larry P. Wiley Dougherty County School System Valdosta State University ABSTRACT Inconsistent performance by gifted students has been a source of frustration for both parents and educators for decades. Several studies on gifted underachieve- ment point to a connection between student learn- ing styles and classroom performance. This study examined the learning styles of gifted middle school students, student perceptions of the classroom envi- ronment, and possible connections between learn- ing style, classroom environment, and achievement levels. Eighty gifted students from grades 6, 7, and 8 were administered the Learning Style Inventory (LSI) to identify student learning style preferences. They were also administered the Student Perception Inventory (SPI), developed for the study, in order to determine perceptions of these learning style elements in their classroom environments. Results indicated that the LSI elements of persistence and lighting correlated with achievement in all con- tent areas. Additionally, correlations between higher grade point averages (GPA) and LSI preferences for responsibility and teacher motivation were found in science and math classes. Results of the SPI revealed
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