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Methodologies for conducting research on giftedness / edited by Bruce Thompson and Rena F. Subotnik.


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1st ed. - Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, c2010.
  • Book
  • xi, 266 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Use of factor analysis techniques in the study of giftedness / Robin K. Henson
  • Q-technique factor analysis as a vehicle to intensively study especially interesting people / Bruce Thompson
  • P values vs. confidence intervals as warrants for conclusions that results will replicate / Geoff Cumming
  • Statistical significance, result worthiness, and evidence : what lessons are there for giftedness education in other disciplines? / Fiona Fidler
  • Reliability generalization (RG) methods in the context of giftedness research / Kevin M. Kieffer, Robert J. Reese and Tammi Vacha-Haase
  • Mixed data collection and analysis for conducting research on giftedness and beyond / Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie, Kathleen M. T. Collins, Nancy L. Leech and Qun G. Jiao
  • Promise and pitfalls of structural equation modeling in gifted research / Rex B. Kline
  • Hierarchical linear modeling applications in the context of giftedness research / J. Kyle Roberts, Kim Nimon and Lindsey Martin
  • Contemporary methods for handling missing data in observational studies of giftedness / Jason E. King and Brian G. Dates
  • Two perspectives on statistics in gifted education / Paula Olszewski-Kubilius
  • Moving the field of gifted studies toward increasingly sophisticated approaches to research : an homage to Michael Pyryt / Tracy L. Cross and Jennifer R. Cross
  • Research methods for gifted studies : comments and future directions / D. Betsy McCoach.
Publisher's Summary:
Despite the fact that our society prizes gifted children, research on their special talents is underfunded compared with other areas of education and suffers from a number of methodological challenges. These challenges include (but are not limited to) the fact that definitions of giftedness are not standardized; that test ceilings are often too low to measure progress or growth; that comparison groups for exceptional individuals are often difficult to find; and that participant attrition in longitudinal studies involving special populations can compromise the validity of findings more severely than in studies with more general populations. Fortunately, the editors of this book make a strong case that these methodological issues can be overcome. Bruce Thompson and Rena F. Subotnik have gathered a distinguished group of pioneers in measurement and statistics to offer creative solutions to these problems and more. Chapters in Parts I and II describe the use of methods such as factor analysis, Q-technique factor analysis, reliability generalization methods, and hierarchical linear modeling in the study of giftedness; debates over statistical significance and the utility of p values and confidence intervals are covered as well. Chapters in the final part of the book include contributions by leading journal editors in the field of gifted education who examine the implications of the various insights in earlier chapters upon their work as researchers and leaders in the field. This book is a must-have for all researchers who seek to elevate the scholarship on giftedness and talent development to a new level of rigor.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
Thompson, Bruce, 1951-
Subotnik, Rena Faye.

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