Resurfaced... with some conclusions about reading behavior of gifted and extremely gifted

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Registered: 02-14-2009
Resurfaced... with some conclusions about reading behavior of gifted and extremely gifted
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Sun, 07-24-2011 - 12:31pm

I've spent some time catching up on the board today, and just wanted to let you know I'm back on earth. I handed in my thesis last week after weeks of fully focused and it's been approved, an amazing relief after 6 years of on and of studying besides work and family. What will I do with my spare time? (just joking of course)

The results of my research were small but interesting non the less, especially comparing the gifted and extremely gifted 10-14 yr olds with the non-gifted control group. I measured reading behavior by eye tracking, and gave each subject different reading goals: reading expository texts for fun, or reading them to prepare for presenting the contents to a group. I looked at the attention the readers gave to central and detailed information within the different reading goals. Some of my conclusions:

Gifted readers read more strategically than non-gifted AND than extremely gifted readers: They spent more attention (more look-backs in the text, longer fixations) to central and detailed information in the presentation condition, and far less in the fun condition.

The non-gifted readers were slower and less linear readers, but they did not make as much difference between reading for fun or for studying, they spend more time in the fun condition compared to the gifted readers, but less time in the presenting condition compared to the gifted readers.

Suzanne
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Registered: 11-18-2008
Congratulations Suzanne! What a huge relief it must be to be finished with your thesis!
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Registered: 09-13-1999

Suzanne, that's very impressive!

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Registered: 01-05-2005

Congratulations! And very interesting research for me... I have four gifted kids and we've definitely had worries about how they read at different times - are they "skipping" because they read so fast? Are they not paying attention to what they perceive as boring? Whoa - they looked like they were barely paying attention, but they remember things nearly verbatim? It really does seem to me that gifted kids read so very differently from non-gifted.

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Registered: 02-14-2009

Hi Theresa, thanks. And yes, very interesting indeed, with two extremely gifted readers with one being an incredibly fast reader, but the other a very linear reader, I was eager to find out more.

Suzanne
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Registered: 01-05-2005

And the rest of the summer break we're about to move, so all I do is paint, sand and fill holes in the new home. It needs quite some work!

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Registered: 12-06-2010
Congratulations on your hard work! And good luck on your career change and your move!