The dissertation by Kauder (2003) is on twice exceptionality and the impact on self-perceptions. It is very clean, well typed, easy-to-read, and it looks like it is laid out properly in APA style. The abstract is clear, declares the purpose is to study gifted with ADHD self-perceptions. The researcher gives the results in the abstract. I particularly like how Kauder laid out the table of contents in her introduction and her literature review gives me a roadmap of how to include social cognitive theory. Chapter three is her methods and chapter four is the results of her questions that she was trying to answer. For instance, what is the relationship between giftedness and ADHD? gives me some ideas. I am looking into the student self-perceptions as well because that is a big influence on school achievement. There is a section on discussion and again there are other questions, such as what are psychosocial factors for self-concept? Kauder includes some graphics and references.
Kauder has a nice introduction but she underlines her heading one sections, which we do not do, we bold heading one. I am looking at how her dissertation is laid out for how mine should be laid out in the table of contents. Kauder has a section that I like; it is called purpose of study, and I really think I need to do something like that to help me focus. Her section on Bandura's Social Cognitive Theory is very well laid out, plus she uses plenty of other research in-text citations to support her synthesis.
I like her writing style, as it seems similar to what I would like to achieve and it it really helps guide me a lot, but there is just a lot to read through. Kauder uses several of the same researchers that I found, Moon, Reis, and Bandura and gave me an idea to go look at other research she used as well for ideas I may have not thought of yet. Kauder talks about several themes emerging, including history of negative school experiences leading to low self concept. The way Kauder identified students as gifted was by using the Behavior Assessment Scale for Children and the Peirs Children Self-Concept Scale. If they met that diagnostic criteria, they were included in the learning gifted disability group. Kauder included psychosocial factors that might have an impact using interpersonal relationships and relationships with parents scales. Kauders used the term twice-exceptional if participants met the definition for giftedness and were diagnosed with ADHD or a learning disability based on criteria provided in the DSM-IV.