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ERIC Number: ED018504
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Aug
Pages: 224
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Reference Count: 0
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AN INDEPENDENT STUDY PROJECT FOR GIFTED UNDERACHIEVERS. FINAL REPORT.
PURKEY, WILLIAM WATSON
THE STIMULATION OF BRIGHT UNDERACHIEVERS WAS THE GOAL OF A PROJECT CONDUCTED IN NINE FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOLS WITH A SAMPLE OF 44 EXPERIMENTAL AND 40 CONTROL GROUP STUDENTS. BRIGHT UNDERACHIEVERS WERE DEFINED AS STUDENTS WHO HAD SCORED ABOVE THE 75TH PERCENTILE ON THE SCHOOL AND COLLEGE ABILITY TEST IN THE NINTH GRADE, BUT WHOSE GRADES AVERAGED "C" OR BELOW IN THE 10TH AND 11TH GRADES. BECAUSE THE STUDENT'S ATTITUDES AND PERSONALITY WERE FELT TO BE RELATED TO HIS UNDERACHIEVEMENT, THE PROJECT SET UP A STUDY PROGRAM WHICH PROVIDED READING AND WRITING EXERCISES TO ENCOURAGE THE STUDENT TO THINK ABOUT HIS INTERESTS AND ABILITIES, VOCATION, AND PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE, AND TO ADVANCE HIS GENERAL KNOWLEDGE. IT WAS ANTICIPATED THAT THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP WOULD IMPROVE THEIR PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTICS, SELF-ESTIMATE, AND SELF-INSIGHT, AND HAVE A HIGHER GRADE POINT AVERAGE. CHANGE WAS MEASURED BY INVENTORIES ADMINISTERED BEFORE AND AFTER AN 8-MONTH EXPERIMENTAL PERIOD. RESULTS SHOWED THAT WHILE THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP SHOWED IMPROVEMENT IN TWO OF 18 TEST VARIABLES, THE CONTROL GROUP IMPROVED IN TWO OTHERS. ON THE SELF-ESTIMATE SCALE THERE WAS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GROUPS. THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP SHOWED SOME IMPROVEMENT IN SELF-INSIGHT AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT, BUT NO GAIN OVER THE CONTROL GROUP. AN EXAMPLE OF THE CURRICULUM IS INCLUDED. (DK)
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Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers: CALIFORNIA PSYCHOLOGICAL INVENTORY; PROJECT SELF DISCOVERY; Self Ranking Inventory (Purkey)