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2.3.3 An analysis of student-to-student discussion posts in an online graduate gifted education class

Focusing on the results of a qualitative study about the connections between the levels of thinking reflected by student-to-student posts in an online graduate gifted education course, this session addresses the question: What are the characteristic of student-to-student online posts? Edward DeBono’s Six Thinking Hats were used to classify the student posts. Posts made by the students to each other were less likely to be characterised by White Hat Thinking than posting to the instructor’s discussion prompt. The main types of thinking represented by the student posts were Yellow Hat Thinking, Red Hat Thinking, with Green Hat Thinking ranking third.


Joyce Miller
Texas A&M University-Commerce
United States

Dr. Joyce E. Kyle Miller is a professor at Texas A&M University-Commerce in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Miller developed the graduate Gifted Education program and teaches the online courses. In addition, Dr. Miller is a Board Member and Board Secretary for the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented. College Tours,Career Forums, ACT and SAT Practice Tests are some of the services Dr. Miller organizes for gifted students in Garland, Texas and surrounding communities. Research emphases include gifted curriculum and instruction, cultural diversity, technology, and online instruction.


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