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Marcia Gentry

Professor
Gifted, Creative, and Talented Studies
Department of Educational Studies
Director, Gifted Education Resource Institute

Research

Research interests include student attitudes toward school on constructs including Appeal, Challenge, Choice, Interest, Enjoyment, Meaningfulness, and Self-Efficacy, and the connection of these attitiudes toward learning and motivation; the use of gifted education pedagogy as a means of improving learning and teaching; the use of cluster-grouping and differentiation to meet the needs of gifted and talented students while helping all students achieve at high levels; the use of non-traditional settings for talent development such as Career and Technical Education; the development and recognition of talent among underserved populations including students with diverse cultural backgrounds and children who live in poverty; effects of test-driven school climates on student learning and teacher practices; limitations to currently practiced methods of identifying gifted children.

 

Appointments on National/International Organizations

  • Editorial Review Board Member
    Gifted Child Quarterly
  • Editorial Review Board Member
    Journal for the Education of the Gifted
  • Editorial Review Board Member
    Journal for Secondary Gifted Education
  • Editorial Review Board Member
    Journal of Advanced Academics
  • Editorial Review Board Member
    Roeper Review
  • Editorial Review Board Member
    National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)?Proposals
  • Editorial Review Board Member
    National Association for Gifted Children?Graduate Student Gala
  • Editorial Review Board Member
    American Educational Research Associations (AERA)?Proposals
  • Editorial Review Board Member
    Gifted and Talented International
  • Chair
    AERA, Research on Giftedness, Creativity and Talent SIG
  • Business Program Co-Coordinator
    AERA, Research on Giftedness, Creativity and Talent SIG
  • Executive Committee
    AERA, Research on Giftedness, Creativity and Talent SIG
  • Network Committee
    NAGC
  • Program Committee
    NAGC


Education

Ph.D. University of Connecticut, 1996, Educational Psychology
M.S. Western Michigan University, 1985, Reading Curriculum
B.S. Western Michigan University, 1982, Science and Elementary Education


Selected Publications

  • Gentry, M. (2006). No child left behind: Neglecting excellence. Roeper Review. 29, 24-27.
  • Gentry, M., Rizza, M.G. Peters, S., & Hu. S. (2005). Professionalism, sense of community, and reason to learn: Lessons from an Exemplary Career and Technical Education Center. Journal of Career and Technical Education Research, 30, 47-85.
  • Gentry, M., & Owen, S.V. (2004). Student perceptions of classroom quality: Differences between honors, AP, and advanced students and students in general classes. Journal of Secondary Gifted Education, 16(1), 20-29.
  • Gentry, M. & Owen, S.V. (2004). An investigation of the effects of total school cluster grouping on identification, achievement, and classroom practices. In S.M. Reis & L.E. Brody, (Eds.), Grouping and acceleration practices (pp. 115-146). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
  • Renzulli, J.S., Gentry, M., & Reis, S.M. (2003). Enrichment clusters: A practical plan for real-world, student-driven learning. Mansfield Center, CT: Creative Learning Press. (Translated into Russian, 2006: Vladivostok: VSUES Publishing House).
  • Gentry, M., Rizza, M.G., & Owen, S.V. (2002). Examining perceptions of challenge and choice in classrooms: The relationship between teachers and their students and comparison between gifted students and other students. Gifted Child Quarterly, 46, 145-155.
  • Gentry, M. & Gable, R.K. (2002). Students' perceptions of classroom activities: Are there grade level and gender differences? Journal of Educational Psychology, 94, 539-544.
  • Gentry, M., & Gable, R.K. (2001). My class activities: A survey instrument to assess students' perceptions of interest, challenge, choice and enjoyment in their classrooms. (Instrument). Mansfield Center, CT: Creative Learning Press.

Experience

2010-present Professor of Educational Studies
College of Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
2004-2010 Associate Professor of Educational Studies
College of Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
1996-2004 Professor of Educational Studies
Special Populations
Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN
1988-1994 Coordinator of Gifted Education, Professional Development, Math/Science and Curriculum Council
Branch Intermediate School District, Coldwater, MI
1987-1988 Teacher, Grade 6
Self-contained classroom of gifted children
Jackson Public Schools, Jackson, MI
1983-1987 Teacher, Grades 6-8
Math and Science
Big Rapids Public Schools, MI

Courses

EDPS 631 Seminar
EDPS 430 Creating and Learning Environments
EDPS 591 Creativity and Intelligence
EDPS 695 Practicum in Gifted Education