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Foreign Language Learning Aptitudes, Attitudes, Attributions, and Achievement of Postsecondary Students Identified as Gifted
Journal of Advanced Academics (2010)
  • Sherry K. Bain
  • Steve McCallum
  • Sherry Mee Bell, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Jeff L Cochran
  • Stephanie Choate Sawyer
Abstract
We examined foreign language learning aptitudes, attitudes, attributions, and achievement of 94 university students enrolled in introductory Spanish. Twenty-five students were previously identified as gifted. The gifted group achieved a higher mean score than the nongifted group on the Short Form of the Modern Language Aptitude Test and displayed more positive attitudes toward foreign language learning. Students in the gifted group also achieved a higher mean score on the combined course exams. No differences were found on the attributions scale. We discuss the significance of our findings in terms of potential efforts to enhance motivation for gifted and nongifted students.
Publication Date
2010
Citation Information
Sherry K. Bain, Steve McCallum, Sherry Mee Bell, Jeff L Cochran, et al.. "Foreign Language Learning Aptitudes, Attitudes, Attributions, and Achievement of Postsecondary Students Identified as Gifted" Journal of Advanced Academics Vol. 22 Iss. 1 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sherry_bell/3/