QOTW: Research on gifted reading behavior...

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QOTW: Research on gifted reading behavior...
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Sat, 04-16-2011 - 4:28pm

Hope all you ladies are doing well. I'm a 'bit' busy at the moment with a master's thesis in educational sciences/psychology. I'm looking at the influence of reader's goals and motivation on reading strategies, and want to compare a group of 'regular' smart people with gifted people, putting them in conditions of reading for 'fun' 'tests' or 'presentations'. They read 5 expository texts on interesting topics per condition, and I measure their eye movement with an eye tracker. I look for linear readers (fast and slow), random readers, or strategic readers (scanning and searching for the central information).

Now there's a lot written about the learning strategies of gifted children, and their reading behavior. I'm curious to see what I can truly see back in the experiments. Some expect all gifted to be strategic readers, but I have a hard time believing that. I think motivation has a big influence on what reading strategy a gifted child choses (scanning if not motivated right away, linear reading when a topic is new and exiting). What do you think?

Suzanne
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Tue, 04-19-2011 - 10:00pm
Sounds like an interesting project. Good luck!
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Fri, 04-22-2011 - 1:35am
Sounds interesting...I am definately a scanner...(I probably am gifted)...but wonder how much it also has to do with amount of time available ( I am veru busy) and personality type (specifically myers briggs). If you are familiar with mbti, I am an INFJ...the "N" means that I am more interested in getting the big picture first and focussing on the details second...S's are more likely to build their understanding from the build up of the details...
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Tue, 04-26-2011 - 9:48am
I think all 3 of my (GT) boys would test differently, with the oldest (15) reading the least, the youngest (11) reading the most (every word & sometimes reading stuff over) and ds#2 (14) reading somewhere in between them.

I think your research sounds very interesting! Good luck with it all!!
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Tue, 04-26-2011 - 4:51pm
Just a quick note, but my eldest (the only one that I know for certain is gifted) was a late reader, going from pre 1st grade level to junior high within a few weeks at age 8.5. . While he was a homeschooler, he didn't have to read anything he wasn't interested in. He read lots of stuff "way below" his "grade level" (Goosebumps, etc.) .... but by age ten or so he was also reading non fiction technical books on topics like coin collecting, history, and weaponry. One day dh was holding forth on Damascus Steel and ds started talking knowledgeably about the dress bayonets made for the German army in Solingen...dh dropped his professorial air, stared at ds, and asked, "How did you know about THAT?", and it turned out that ds had read a densely written "coffee table" book I'd given him a couple of years before because I knew he'd love the pictures. I'm guessing the "quick read" stories, which he read by the dozens, were not read "strategically", but the books he was reading for their technical content must have been...

Deborah

Deborah
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Wed, 04-27-2011 - 3:21pm

I'm not familiar with mbti... but it does sounds interesting... I'll look it up... Thanks!

Suzanne
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Wed, 04-27-2011 - 3:23pm

Kids can surprise you in many ways! Sounds like he has an enormous ability to memorize things!

Suzanne
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Wed, 04-27-2011 - 3:24pm

Thanks! And I also think my two oldest DDs would test totally different. I have tested them, but haven't been able to look at their data yet... can't wait to see what happens!

Suzanne
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Wed, 04-27-2011 - 5:47pm
Well....maybe not so much an ability to memorize things, as to build a logical structure into which things fit. My middle child, who has several "gifts" (like for music, art, foreign language) but dyslexic and certainly not linguistically or analytically gifted like ds17 is, is the one with the "perfect" memory...

Deborah
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Thu, 05-12-2011 - 1:29pm

I agree with your second paragraph, but would also add that the type of reading material (and not just