Date of Award

Fall 2017

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Committee Chair

Dr. Gregory W. Smith

Committee Chair Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Committee Member 2

Dr. Sharon E. Rouse

Committee Member 2 Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Committee Member 3

Dr. Steven R. Chesnut

Committee Member 3 Department

Educational Research and Administration

Committee Member 4

Dr. Hollie G. Filce

Committee Member 4 Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Abstract

The goal of this research is to examine the differences of short-term memory capacity between intellectually gifted, general education, and students receiving special education services. Using foundations in memory and recall research by Atkinson and Shiffrin and Baddeley and Hitch, data was collected by replication of a previous serial position effect research design. Participants were children in grades four through six located in the southern portion of the United States. An ANOVA analysis found a statistical significance between students receiving special education and general education and gifted students. A failure to reject of the null hypothesis supported that short-term memory capacity of gifted students are not different from general education students.

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