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Faculty Research

Developing Talents and Improving Student Achievement Among Traditionally Underrepresented Populations Using the Total School Cluster Grouping Model

Faculty: Marcia Gentry

Total School Cluster Grouping is a specific, research-based model focused on meeting the needs of students identified as gifted, while also improving teaching, learning, and achievement of all students. This 5-year national study includes 50 treatment and 50 control schools, involving all students and teachers at each site. The research team of gifted education and content experts will provide information and training for leadership teams, web-based support, and delivery of 10 on-line gifted-education modules designed to promote understanding of gifted students, recognition of talent among underserved populations, and implementation of differentiation strategies. Treatment effects will be examined using a growth-curve model to explore specific school, group, and individual differences.

This project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Research Grant. 2014-2019, $2,468,241

Project HOPE (Having Opportunities Promotes Excellence) Expanding Access to Accelerated Learning and Enrichment Programs

In conjunction with the Gifted Education Research and Resource Institute

Faculty: Marcia Gentry

Project HOPE offers low-income, high-ability students the opportunity to attend Saturday and Summer enrichment on a University Campus by providing tuition and transportation to students from five participating area school corporations. Funded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, during a three-year period, more than100 K-5 students attend these programs each session, gaining enriched academic experiences in their areas of interest and strength. Research has included the development of an instrument, The HOPE Scale, for use by teachers to help them identify talent among economically disadvantaged populations and qualitative inquiry into the experiences of the students who have participated in the program. Longitudinal follow-up of the HOPE Scholars is planned.

This project is funded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, 2007-2010, $300,000

Fat Dogs and Coughing Horses: Animal Contributions towards a Heather Citizenry

Faculty: Marcia Gentry

Fat Dogs and Coughing Horses: Animal Contributions towards a Healthier Citizenry is a cooperative effort among Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, Discovery Learning Research Center at Discovery Park, College of Education, Agricultural Communication, College of Consumer and Family Sciences, Science Bound Program; public schools in Indiana; and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis to develop, evaluate and disseminate educational programs for K-12 students, parents, teachers, and the public about the science involved in keeping people healthy. For more information, please seehttp://www.purdue.edu/svmengaged/sepa/project

Research Centers

Gifted Education Research and Resource Institute

GER2I is a multidimensional center dedicated to the study, discovery, and development of human potential. Founded by John Feldhusen in 1974 and situated in the College of Education, GER2I’s mission is holistic development of giftedness, creativity, and talents among individuals throughout their lifespan. This is accomplished through enrichment programs for gifted youth, graduate programs for future scholars and leaders, professional development and coursework for educators of gifted students, and on-going research on the psychology of giftedness, creativity, and talent development.