Navigating the passage: Exploring the transition-to-school experiences of gifted children

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dc.contributor.advisor Wardman, J en
dc.contributor.advisor Hedges, H en Mayo, Claire-Marie en 2017-10-04T03:17:07Z en 2017 en
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dc.description.abstract Research suggests that positive transition to school experiences are important as they can have a bearing on children’s long term academic and social successes (Broström, 2005; Dockett & Perry, 2013). A review of the literature reveals much attention has been given to mainstream transition to school experiences; the needs of young gifted children, however, remain largely under-researched (Koshy & Robinson, 2006). Existing research has shown that the transitional needs of gifted children can be different from the needs of other children (Whitton, 2005). In previous studies, gifted children have indicated an expectation that they will increase their knowledge at school (Gallagher, 2006), while parents of gifted children are concerned about how primary school teachers might adequately differentiate the curriculum to support their child’s learning needs (Whitton, 2005). This thesis presents the findings of a study that investigated the transition to school experiences of two gifted children, aged 5 and 6 years old at the time of research, in New Zealand. This research sought to gain a comprehensive view of the transition process based on Bronfenbrenner’s (2005) systems model which acknowledges external influences on children’s lived experiences, such as their teachers, their parents and the relationships between the two. This study explores the views of the children, their parents and their former early childhood education (ECE) teachers. The children’s receiving (new entrant) teachers were not sought at the request of parents. A new entrant teacher, unaffiliated with either child, was interviewed in keeping with Bronfenbrenner’s (2005) systems model. The aim of the study was to learn how the transition to school process might be improved for young gifted children. An interpretive, qualitative, case study methodology was adopted and data was gathered from semi-structured interviews with gifted children, their parents, ECE teachers and a new entrant primary school teacher. Four themes which emerged from the thematic analysis of the data are discussed: the importance of trusting relationships between stakeholders of a child’s transition; the compatibility between gifted children and their teachers and learning environments; the need for gifted children to enact resiliency when faced with adversity at school; and the suitability of early childhood education for meeting gifted children’s needs prior to school. en
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dc.relation.ispartof Masters Thesis - University of Auckland en
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dc.title Navigating the passage: Exploring the transition-to-school experiences of gifted children en
dc.type Thesis en Education en The University of Auckland en Masters en
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pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-10-04 en

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