November 3, 2019
A $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education was awarded to the Purdue College of Education to investigate closing excellence and opportunity gaps for students from underserved populations in gifted education.
Nielsen Pereira, assistant professor in gifted, creative and talented studies, will spearhead this research project. Pereira will be joined by co-principal investigators Ronald Martella, professor of special education; Hua Hua Chang, Charles R. Hicks professor of educational psychology and research methodology; as well as Marcia Gentry, professor in gifted, creative and talented studies; Ophélie Desmet, Ph.D. candidate; and Jean Sunde Peterson, professor emerita. This project, spanning over the next five years, will focus on students from ethnically diverse and low-income backgrounds, and will seek to provide talent development opportunities for gifted students in STEM areas.
“The extended Achievement Motivation Enhancement model supports students from populations that have been traditionally underserved in gifted programs, by identifying their STEM learning potential and providing them with both the domain-specific skills and the socio-emotional skills needed to promote their talent development fully,” says Pereira.
The project will focus on a multi-tier model called the extended Achievement Motivation Enhancement (AME+) model, which provides students with both domain-specific and socio-emotional skills needed to fully develop their talent and skills within STEM areas.
Over these next five years, Pereira and his team hope to implement the AME+ model in rural and high-poverty schools, improve teacher knowledge and skills regarding socio-emotional needs of their students, and increase student achievement and engagement in areas of STEM at the partner schools.
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