Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair
Secondary Advisor/Reader One
The research question addressed what defines a gifted student, how gifted students process the senses, definitions of the natural world and engagement, and the intricacies of gifted emotions. Dabrowski identified that gifted students may have overexcitabilities which indicate heightened ability to respond to sensory stimuli. Influential studies included Keniger’s research on stress reduction through intentional interaction with the natural world, and Han’s research on impact of emotions through interaction with the natural world. The author used a Convergent Parallel Mixed Method Design and designed tools to capture qualitative and quantitative data through three different experiences. The author’s research concluded that there is a positive correlation between reduction of stress levels and engagement with the natural world.
Survey (attitude scale, opinion, questionnaire)
Environmental Studies, Gifted Education, Gifted Emotions
Gluck, Elizabeth, "Can Engagement In The Natural Environment Reduce Stress In Gifted Students" (2018). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 4436.