Brenda Bicknell

Doctor of Philosophy, (Education)
Study Completed: 2009
College of Education


Thesis Title
Multiple perspectives on the education of mathematically gifted and talented students

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Ms Bicknell examined the education of a group of fifteen Year 6 and Year 8 students identified as mathematically gifted and talented over a two-year period. The research showed that there was limited understanding of the characteristics of mathematically gifted students, and provision of appropriate programmes was variable and determined by factors such as school organization, identification, teacher knowledge and expertise, and resources. The parents played a key role in their children’s mathematics education. This study provided insights into the various determinants of the development of mathematical talent. It provided evidence that understanding characteristics of mathematical giftedness is important and that identification processes must reflect this understanding. Provisions must be well considered and evaluated; the role of parents should be understood and valued; and home-school communications strengthened

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