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ERIC Number: ED001235
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963-Sep-23
Pages: 6
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THE EFFECT OF ENRICHMENT ON THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT OF SUPERIOR AND GIFTED CHILDREN.
SMITH, WILLIAM H.
THE ENRICHMENT CENTER IS A SEPARATE FACILITY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN, WHO ATTEND FOR 1 DAY EACH WEEK DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR. THE CURRICULUM IS FLEXIBLE, SO THAT CHANGES CAN BE MADE ACCORDING TO CURRENT EVENTS OR NEW SCIENTIFIC DEVELOPMENTS. THE FIRST CRITERION FOR SELECTION IS INTELLIGENCE, THE SECOND IS ACHIEVEMENT. THE AFOREMENTIONED CRITERIA ARE DETERMINED BY A CAREFULLY SELECTED SERIES OF TESTS. THIRD IS A TEACHER'S RECOMMENDATION. EDUCATORS ARE CONCERNED THAT ABSENCE FROM REGULAR SCHOOL TO ATTEND SUCH A SPECIAL PROGRAM MAY AFFECT OVERALL ACHIEVEMENT. FOR THIS STUDY THREE GROUPS WERE COMPARED--ONE GROUP HAD ATTENDED FOR LONGER, AND A THIRD GROUP HAD QUALIFIED BUT HAD NOT TAKEN PART IN THE PROGRAM. GROUPS WERE MATCHED ACCORDING TO GRADE PLACEMENT, AGE, AND SEX. COMPARISON OF AVERAGE ACHIEVEMENT TESTS AFTER THE EXPERIENCE IN THE PROGRAM SHOWED THE GROUP WITH THE LONGEST TIME IN PROGRAM HIGHEST, AND THE SECOND EXPERIMENTAL GROUP SECOND HIGHEST IN ALL AVERAGES. TO DETERMINE LONG RANGE EFFECTS OF THE PROGRAM, A COMPARISON WAS MADE OF TEST RESULTS FROM 2 YEARS LATER, AND THE RESULTS AGAIN INDICATED THAT THERE WAS NO DETRIMENTAL EFFECT ON CHILDREN WHO PARTICIPATED. THIS STUDY WAS NOT AN ATTEMPT AT EVALUATION OF THIS PROGRAM, BECAUSE THE ENRICHMENT PROGRAM TRIED TO DEVELOP SUCH HARD-TO-MEASURE CHARACTERISTICS AS CREATIVITY, ORIGINALITY, CRITICAL THINKING, AND LEADERSHIP. IT DOES SEEM APPARENT, THOUGH, THAT A GIFTED CHILD CAN ATTEND AN ENRICHMENT PROGRAM FOR PART OF THE SCHOOL WEEK WITHOUT DETRIMENTALLY AFFECTING HIS TOTAL ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT.
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Identifiers: FLORIDA; Florida (Daytona Beach)