ERIC Number: ED262535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Social Interaction and Perceptions of Ability: A Study of Gifted Adolescent Females.
Kramer, Linda Ragsdale
The role of interaction and the importance of relationships with peers and significant others in the development of gifted adolescent girls' self-perceptions of ability are explored. Findings are based on a qualitative study which utilized participant-observation, interviewing, and artifact collection in one middle school. Ten girls (grades 6-8) were observed in the classroom and the gifted resource room. Data was continuously analyzed and relevant domains organized into taxonomies. The results of this study indicate that gifted girls use social interaction to determine the quality and acceptability of their achievements and to determine, through social competence, the extent of their abilities. Among conclusions drawn was that inadequate understandings of the components of giftedness caused teachers to communicate expectations perceived by the girls as confusing and unfair. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (69th, Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).