Faculty Advisor

Gennert, Michael A.


This report describes the impact of computer software in a heterogeneous sixth-grade science class at Central Tree Middle School in Rutland, Mass. Heterogeneous classes may inhibit the education of academically gifted students. This project answers the questions: Does the use of computers challenge the academically talented and does it help them acquire higher cognitive levels? Using surveys and pre/post-evaluations, we found that combination of computers and lectures challenged the academically talented by increasing their performance and enhancing their cognitive levels.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 1999

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Computer Science