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1. Duck, Kerry Douglas. The Effects of Problem-Based Learning on Interest in Mathematics for Elementary Students across Time.

Degree: MA, Department of Psychology, 2014, Western Kentucky University

Elementary school is a transition time for student interests and motivation and there is a need for teachers to provide opportunities to facilitate continued interest. One area of concern is in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. One pedagogical approach that may help with facilitating interest is problem-based learning (PBL; Barrows, 1996). The purpose of this study was to assess changes in students’ reported levels of individual interest in mathematics across time and to assess differences in individual interest based on amount of PBL exposure. Participants included students (n = 45) involved with Project GEMS (Gifted Education in Mathematics and Science; Roberts, 2008), which was a federally funded grant through the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program. Interest in mathematics was measured at the beginning of the first fall semester students entered the program and at the end of each subsequent spring semester with a 17-item interest measure consisting of four sub scores: emotion, value, knowledge, and engagement. Results indicate a negative linear trend for composite and sub factors of interest across time except value. The PBL intervention did not moderate the change in interest across time. Conclusions, possible limitations, and future directions are discussed. Advisors/Committee Members: Steven Wininger (Director), Lisa Duffin, Janet Tassell.

Subjects/Keywords: Gifted; STEM; Achievement; Project GEMS; Pullout program; Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research

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APA (6th Edition):

Duck, K. D. (2014). The Effects of Problem-Based Learning on Interest in Mathematics for Elementary Students across Time. (Masters Thesis). Western Kentucky University. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/theses/1354

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Duck, Kerry Douglas. “The Effects of Problem-Based Learning on Interest in Mathematics for Elementary Students across Time.” 2014. Masters Thesis, Western Kentucky University. Accessed September 18, 2019. https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/theses/1354.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Duck, Kerry Douglas. “The Effects of Problem-Based Learning on Interest in Mathematics for Elementary Students across Time.” 2014. Web. 18 Sep 2019.

Vancouver:

Duck KD. The Effects of Problem-Based Learning on Interest in Mathematics for Elementary Students across Time. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Western Kentucky University; 2014. [cited 2019 Sep 18]. Available from: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/theses/1354.

Council of Science Editors:

Duck KD. The Effects of Problem-Based Learning on Interest in Mathematics for Elementary Students across Time. [Masters Thesis]. Western Kentucky University; 2014. Available from: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/theses/1354


Western Kentucky University

2. Zirkelbach, Andrea Cary. Identifying Gifted Students in Science.

Degree: Specialist in Education, Department of Psychology, 2011, Western Kentucky University

Currently, there is no standard protocol to identify students who are gifted in science. If students are identified as gifted early on in elementary school, teachers and parents can foster their interest, increasing the students’ knowledge, value, and affect as well as their willingness to re-engage science (Eccles & Wigfield, 2002; Gottfried & Gottfried, 1996; Häussler 1987; Neber & Schommer-Aikins, 2002; Osborne, 2003; Schunk, Pintrich, & Meece, 2008). In this study, a brief student identification form was developed for elementary school teachers to complete. The form was based on Hidi and Renninger’s (2006) four-phase model of interest development. The form was one piece of a more comprehensive identification protocol. Students in grades second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth from six Warren County elementary schools were asked to participate in this study. However, due to insufficient data, grades two and six were not used after collection. Few sixth grade teachers completed the forms and second graders did not take the ITBS. This study primarily focused on identifying students from underrepresented populations. These six schools, Cumberland Trace, Bristow, Lost River, Oakland, Richardsville, and North Warren, were chosen based on their larger population of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. Advisors/Committee Members: Dr. Steve Wininger (Director), Dr. Pitt Derryberry, Dr. Carl Myers.

Subjects/Keywords: gifted education; Iowa Test of Basic Skills; GEMS project; Gifted Education in Math and Science (GEMS); Warren Count (Ky.) gifted students; Gifted Education

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APA (6th Edition):

Zirkelbach, A. C. (2011). Identifying Gifted Students in Science. (Masters Thesis). Western Kentucky University. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/theses/1057

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Zirkelbach, Andrea Cary. “Identifying Gifted Students in Science.” 2011. Masters Thesis, Western Kentucky University. Accessed September 18, 2019. https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/theses/1057.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Zirkelbach, Andrea Cary. “Identifying Gifted Students in Science.” 2011. Web. 18 Sep 2019.

Vancouver:

Zirkelbach AC. Identifying Gifted Students in Science. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Western Kentucky University; 2011. [cited 2019 Sep 18]. Available from: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/theses/1057.

Council of Science Editors:

Zirkelbach AC. Identifying Gifted Students in Science. [Masters Thesis]. Western Kentucky University; 2011. Available from: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/theses/1057


Western Kentucky University

3. Snow, Gabrielle M. Development of a Math Interest Inventory to Identify Gifted Students from Underrepresented and Diverse Populations.

Degree: Specialist in Education, Department of Psychology, 2011, Western Kentucky University

The current investigation supports the objectives of Project GEMS (Roberts, 2008), a grant funded program whose objectives include the development and validation of a protocol to identify students from underrepresented and diverse populations as gifted in the content areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Identification of students from low-income and diverse populations as gifted has been a struggle with current assessment techniques (Baldwin, 2005). Project GEMS aims to address this problem through development of interest measures specific to the STEM areas for use within an identification protocol. The current project developed a measure to assess interest in mathematics. The construct of interest was targeted as it is correlated with many positive factors in education that lead to increased academic performance (Schunk, Pintrich, & Meece, 2008). Existing math interest inventories are designed for older populations, lack good psychometric properties and are atheoretical. To improve upon existing interest measures, Hidi and Renninger’s (2006) four-phase model of interest served as the theoretical basis to inform and guide the process of development and validation of a math interest inventory. A twenty-seven item self-report math interest measure was designed to assess the four phases of Hidi and Renninger’s interest model (emotion, value, knowledge, and engagement; 2006). Pilot and field testing of the measure were conducted in elementary schools selected on the basis of a high proportion of low-income students in a south central Kentucky school district. The sample consists of 1,429,429 students in grades two through six. The measure was hypothesized to evidence good internal consistency, a four-factor structure, and a significant and positive correlations between the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and the composite and subscales of the math interest inventory. The first hypothesis found support with an internal consistency reliability coefficient of .916 for the overall score. Results of confirmatory factor analysis supported a four-factor structure resembling Hidi and Renninger’s (2006) four phase model of interest and including the four components emotion, value, knowledge, and engagement. The correlations between the math scores from the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and the math interest inventory total score and scales partially supported the last hypothesis. The correlations were small and positive for the Values and Knowledge scales but small and negative for the Emotion and Engagement scales. The correlations for the total score of the math interest inventory were significant; however, their values had little practical significance. While the math interest measure evidences good reliability and support for the structure of the scales through confirmatory factor analysis, the current study did not provide evidence for a significant relationship with math achievement as measured by a standardized group administered math achievement test. These results are discussed in relation to limitations… Advisors/Committee Members: Dr. Elizabeth Jones and Dr. Steven Wininger (Co-Directors), Dr. Carl Myers.

Subjects/Keywords: Iowa Test of Basic Skills; Values and Knowledge; math interest inventory; gifted child education; Project GEMS (Gifted Education in Math and Science; Gifted Education; Psychology; School Psychology; Science and Mathematics Education

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APA (6th Edition):

Snow, G. M. (2011). Development of a Math Interest Inventory to Identify Gifted Students from Underrepresented and Diverse Populations. (Masters Thesis). Western Kentucky University. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/theses/1052

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Snow, Gabrielle M. “Development of a Math Interest Inventory to Identify Gifted Students from Underrepresented and Diverse Populations.” 2011. Masters Thesis, Western Kentucky University. Accessed September 18, 2019. https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/theses/1052.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Snow, Gabrielle M. “Development of a Math Interest Inventory to Identify Gifted Students from Underrepresented and Diverse Populations.” 2011. Web. 18 Sep 2019.

Vancouver:

Snow GM. Development of a Math Interest Inventory to Identify Gifted Students from Underrepresented and Diverse Populations. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Western Kentucky University; 2011. [cited 2019 Sep 18]. Available from: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/theses/1052.

Council of Science Editors:

Snow GM. Development of a Math Interest Inventory to Identify Gifted Students from Underrepresented and Diverse Populations. [Masters Thesis]. Western Kentucky University; 2011. Available from: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/theses/1052

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