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3.10.4 Conditions gifted students and their peers prefer when working alone and with others on a challenging project

Canadian students (n=325) in Grades 6-8 with low, moderate, high, and gifted reasoning ability completed a survey assessing their preferences for individual and collaborative project-work under different conditions. Gifted students, like their peers, did not have a preference for learning alone or with others. They preferred both, under different conditions. The popularity of reliable co-workers, avoiding conflict, protecting their grade, competition, and working alone on Math projects increased with ability. The conditions most important to students’ preferences for individual and collaborative project-work were heterogeneous within and across all ability groups.


Lannie Kanevsky
Simon Fraser University

Lannie Kanevsky, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada). Her research interests include individual and ability-related differences in the conditions students' prefer when working individually and collaboratively. She believes individual students' strengths and preferences should be integrated in the design of challenging learning experiences for them.


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