Gifted, asperger's syndrome
Much research has focused on students with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), and much research has also been done on gifted students with special needs, yet very little has been published that looks at the characteristics of students who have been identified as both Gifted and as having Asperger Syndrome (G/AS), and what teachers are doing in the classroom to meet their needs. This is an important topic because this group of twice exceptional students has characteristics of both exceptionalities, and trying to meet the special needs of both groups in the same classroom would likely be a challenge for the teacher. Without understanding what these students are like, and how classroom teachers are trying to meet the needs of this special population, little can be recommended that will help the students succeed. This study examined the academic, social, and behavioral characteristics of three students with G/AS through observations and interviews of students, as well as interviews of their teachers and parents, and records reviews. Using an individual case study approach, information was gathered that was designed to understand the behaviors of specific students with G/AS and what their teachers were doing to meet their needs. By examining characteristics of students with G/AS and their teachers’ practices, information pertinent to an improved understanding of the varying profiles of students with G/AS can be described that may improve decision making and planning when attempting to meet the needs of this population of students.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Education and Human Performance
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Dissertations, Academic -- Education, Education -- Dissertations, Academic
Horn, Beverly S., "Educating Gifted Students With Asperger's Syndrome: A Case Study Of Three Students And Their Classroom Experiences" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2139.
Restricted to the UCF community until May 2012; it will then be open access.