Capstone/Dissertation Title

How compacting with extension activities in language arts affects the motivation of gifted readers

Term

2009

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This capstone explores the effects of compacting on gifted elementary school readers during language arts class. Compacting is a differentiation strategy educators can use when students have previously mastered material and skills. Action research was done with fourth grade students before, during and after the language arts curriculum was compacted. This research includes both qualitative and quantitative data. Data was acquired in various ways including a focus group, observations, standardized test scores, and questionnaires. Students researched were pre-assessed and given the opportunity to work on extension activities when previous mastery of skills was shown. The research provided evidence that when students were given the opportunity to work on extension activities their motivation during language arts increased.

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