Master's Theses


Advanced Education Programs

Degree Name

Education Specialist (Ed.S)


The purpose of this study was to investigate rural regular education teachers’ perceptions of gifted students and programs. Teachers form five different districts in central western Kansas were surveyed with a total of 36 participants who responded out of a possible 100. Teachers were asked to rate levels of enjoyableness, frustration and reward while educating gifted students. Participants also rated their attitude toward as acceleration, confidence in educating gifted students, and instructional methods used with gifted students. Results revealed a significant positive correlation between the age of participants and ratings of overall enjoyableness of teaching gifted students. Results also revealed that teachers with more education and with more special training in gifted education rated the effectiveness of their schools’ gifted programs more negatively than teachers with less education and no special training.


Kaira Hayes

Date of Award

Summer 2008

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 2008 Andrea K. Hahn


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