Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Suzanne Freedman, Honors Thesis Advisor


Gifted children--Education; Gifted teenagers--Education; Gifted teenagers--Iowa--Cedar Falls--Attitudes;


The purpose of this thesis is to determine and evaluate the experiences of students in the UNI Honors Program who participated in gifted programming in their K-12 education. This research focuses on student perceptions of impacts of these programs on their lives, from their time of identification through their college experience. It explores both positive and negative impacts in the areas of academic growth and achievement, college preparation, and socioemotional well-being of students. Survey and interview questions examined how students felt about the impacts of gifted programming on these areas. There were also opportunities for students to give general thoughts about the impacts of gifted programming on their overall education. Based on these specific student responses detailing their personal experiences, this research highlights what is working within gifted education programs, what can be improved upon, and the importance of these programs

Year of Submission



Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations, and Leadership Studies

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

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