Todd Kettler

Todd Kettler
Baylor University | BU · Department of Educational Psychology

Ph.D. Baylor University

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Gifted education programs identify students with exceptional ability or potential and provide specialized educational interventions to develop general academic and domain-specific talent. Research and legal actions have found access to gifted education riddled with inequity. Indicators of inequity in selection practices based on disproportionality...
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STEM education, accepted as one of the most significant educational movements of recent years, is an approach that aims to educate students, including gifted students, in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as a whole. This research aims to provide a general framework of the effect of STEM education on academic succ...
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While most research in reading deals with struggling readers, this paper addresses the nature of advanced readers and potential interventions for advanced readers.
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This paper defines critical thinking and presents critical thinking student outcomes that can easily be integrated into curriculum design.
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This introductory chapter to the 100th anniversary edition of John Dewey's Democracy and Education reflects on how democracy and U.S. education have evolved in the century since the books original publication. It challenges the reader to hold on to Dewey's ideas of democratic education despite 100 years of changing democracy and the new educational...
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The components of language arts reside at the center of the core curriculum because these skills are essential for learning and performing in almost every other discipline. Generally, there are thought to be six components of language arts: (a) reading, (b) writing, (c) speaking, (d) listening, (e) viewing, and (f) visually representing. Sub-compon...
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The purpose of this literature review is to explicate the facets of mathematical problem solving taxonomies in relation to mathematical modeling. Subsequently, components and learning benefits of mathematical modeling are discussed. Examples of mathematical problems are embedded in the discussion and pragmatic applications to mathematical learning,...
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English Language Learners (ELL) are the fastest growing population in United States public education and are likely underrepresented in gifted education. This study analyzed a nationally representative sample of the largest school districts (n=311) in the United States accounting for approximately 35% of the total public school enrollment of K12 ed...
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Developing Creativity in the Classroom applies the most current theory and research on creativity to support the design of teaching and learning. Creative thinking and problem solving are at the heart of learning and application as students prepare for innovation-driven careers. This text debunks myths about creativity and teaching and, instead, il...
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Dąbrowski’s theory of positive disintegration has been associated with the psychology of giftedness for four decades, and Sal Mendaglio has significantly contributed to the thoughtful understanding of the theory throughout those 40 years. In this interview, Mendaglio discusses the relationship between the theory of positive disintegration and the p...
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The movement toward open-science is multifaceted with the general goal to promote both better scientific practices and greater access to scientific information. One aspect of the open-science framework is the recommended use of registered reports replacing the legacy model that dictates research manuscripts are submitted for initial review only aft...
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It is worth asking, will gifted education be left behind? Does the critical question come down to whether gifted education advocates for discrete classes or integrated learning? To ask the question of whether gifted education is being left behind invites our field to have aspirations to catch up or to follow along.
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Underrepresentation in gifted education for ethnically diverse student groups has been widely recognized. Two recent federal district court decisions defined the lower limits of equitable participation using the 20% equity allowance formula proposed by Donna Ford. The purpose of this article was to evaluate the application of the 20% rule to identi...
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Background For schools to include quality STEM education, it is important to understand teachers’ beliefs and perceptions related to STEM talent development. Teachers, as important persons within a student’s talent development, hold prior views and experiences that will influence their STEM instruction. This study attempts to understand what is kno...
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The movement toward open-science is multifaceted with the general goal to promote both better scientific practices and greater access to scientific information. One aspect of the open-science framework is the recommended use of registered reports replacing the legacy model that dictates research manuscripts are submitted for initial review only aft...
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Teachers’ implicit understandings of creativity may not align with current research based understanding of creativity and characteristics associated with creative students. Even teachers who say they value creativity may actually find creative characteristics of students undesirable. Participating teachers (n = 371) rated student characteristics on...
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This qualitative study was conducted to explore gifted students’ conceptions of their high school science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Participants were seven male and female college freshmen selected from the Honors College of a large research university. In-depth interviews captured students’ retrospective accounts...
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Numbers of women in the physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering are growing, yet women are still far outnumbered by men at upper levels of those fields. The purpose of the study is to review the literature on academic women who develop exceptional talent in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Data sources included 18 s...
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Creativity and giftedness are frequently associated, and schools may use measures of creativity for identifying gifted and talented students. The researchers examined three aspects of elementary student creativity: (a) the relationship between a teacher’s rating of student creativity and rubric-scored student writing samples, (b) group differences...
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Substantial evidence supports the benefits of quality preschool education for children of all levels and backgrounds. However, early childhood gifted education services rarely exist in preschool centers. This study included 263 preschool centers representing geographic diversity in a southern state in the United States. Narrative data were collecte...
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Gifted education services in rural districts typically lag behind those in nonrural areas. Using district classifications assigned by the National Center for Education Statistics and Texas school district data (n = 1,029) from the Academic Excellence Indicator System, the role of school district classification on gifted education outcomes was inves...
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This qualitative study explored gifted students’ conceptions of their high school science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Participants were seven male and female college freshmen selected from the honors college of a large research university. In-depth interviews captured students’ retrospective accounts of their concept...
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This descriptive study investigated the challenges related to implementing gifted education services in preschool centers. Participants were 254 licensed preschool center directors in a southern state. Participants completed a researcher-created survey including both selected response items and constructed response items to examine the perceived ch...
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Participation in advanced academic programs such as Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) has been associated with higher student achievement and college readiness. In addition, AP and IB are widely recommended and implemented as services for gifted and talented students. Students who participate in these programs tend to be...
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Creativity is a complex construct that is conceptualized and measured in multiple ways. This study examined the relationship between creativity and personality taking this into account. It was hypothesized that applying different conceptions and measures would cause variation in the creativity–personality relationship. The participants (N = 224) we...
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While neither the notion of personality being related to creativity, nor the idea that the diverse conceptions and measures of creativity can cloud the field are new, the two thoughts are rarely combined. Using a systematic review methodology, one overarching question was examined: Do differential creativity-personality relationships exist based on...
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As an increasingly globalized society creates knowledge-based economies, the need for schools to foster creativity in students intensifies. Teachers have much to gain by fostering creativity in the classroom, but are teachers’ conceptions of creativity accurate or misguided? There is a need to investigate perceptions of creativity held by teachers...
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Margaret Atwood chose to be a writer walking home from school one day. She said it was sudden, not contemplated as one would choose to be a lawyer or a dentist. "I wrote a poem in my head and then I wrote it down, and after that, writing was the only thing I wanted to do" (2003, p. 9). She said the poem was not any good, but that didn't matter, it...
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Definitions of rurality in education research are inconsistent, making generalization across studies difficult at best. We review published research in rural education between 2005 and 2015 (n = 17) and characterize the way each defined rural. A common technique for classifying rural schools is the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)...
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Bui, Craig, and Imberman assessed the impact of gifted and talented programs on student achievement using regression discontinuity and random assignment to gifted magnet schools. In both analyses, they found minimal impact of the gifted and talented programs on student achievement. This commentary addresses two concerns associated with the study. F...
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Definitions of rurality in education research are inconsistent, making generalization across studies difficult at best. We review published research in rural education between 2005 and 2015 (n = 17) and characterize the way each defined rural. A common technique for classifying rural schools is the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)...
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This study examined discrepancies in educational opportunity for gifted students at the program services level. School districts in the study (N = 1,029) varied in expenditures for gifted education and the allocation of faculty for gifted education. The relationships of variables representing funding and staffing gifted education and school context...
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Education reform efforts, including the current adoption of Common Core State Standards, have increased attention to teaching critical thinking skills to all students. This study investigated the critical thinking skills of fourth-grade students from a school district in Texas, including 45 identified gifted students and 163 general education stude...
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Waco Independent School District (WISD) initiated a project offering AP Spanish Language to Hispanic students in the eighth grade. The Hispanic students in this AP Spanish Language class and a similar comparison group answered survey questions on parental involvement, composition of peer group, sense of belonging at school, academic attitudes, and...
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This researchp rojecte mploys a historicalm ethodology to analyze and characterizet he growth of the knowledge base in gifted education following the US. Department of Education's (1993) report, National Excellence: A Case for Developing America's Talent. Topical priorities and descriptors of inquiry are compared against the recommendations of the...
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This article focuses on two education-related factors that appear to contribute to the schooling aspirations and self-efficacy of Hispanic youth: (1) sense of belonging at school; and (2) composition of the student's peer group. In particular, middle school students whose home language was Spanish were given an opportunity to participate in the Adv...
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The 1972 publication of the Marland Report by the U.S. Commissioner of Education proposed a multifaceted definition of gifted and talented education, enhancing what traditionally had been a focus on academics. Leadership materialized as a component of giftedness, along with general intellectual ability, specific academic aptitude, creative or produ...
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What does effective differentiation look like in a math classroom, and in particular, what does it look like in a mixed-ability math classroom? Those essential questions must be confronted by teachers and program directors who work with gifted and talented students in the field of mathematics. Once a commitment is made, it is not acceptable for stu...

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This project studies the impact of STEM education opportunities for gifted and talented students. Our research and design team seeks to create more opportunities for students to develop talent in STEM disciplines through accelerated and enrichment programs.