Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation in Practice

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Morgridge College of Education, Teaching and Learning Sciences, Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Norma L. Hafenstein

Second Advisor

Paul Michalec

Third Advisor

Jessica Howard

Fourth Advisor

Lindsey Reinert


Community, Gifted, Underachieve


The purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions of active community building in a classroom with culturally linguistically economically diverse (CLED) gifted learners in a semirural school district who underachieve. The central research question was, how does actively building classroom community interact with CLED gifted learners who underachieve? The research questions were the following: What are educators’ perceptions of CLED gifted learners who underachieve? How do educators implement community-building in the classroom? What are parents’ perceptions of actively building community in the classroom with CLED gifted learners who underachieve? The four primary categories that emerged were (a) meeting learners’ socio-emotional needs, (b) providing choices to promote independence, (c) differentiation of content, process, and assessment, and (d) engaging with families to connect with the child. Generalizations from these categories led to the emergence of three overarching themes: empowerment, safe environment, and teacher-family relationships. These findings indicated that actively building community in the classroom has a positive effect on CLED gifted learners who underachieve.

Publication Statement

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Rights Holder

Michelle Elaine Norberto-Whipple


Received from ProQuest

File Format




File Size

283 p.


Gifted education