ERIC Number: ED280210
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Competitiveness of Highly Accomplished Individuals in Four Talent Fields.
Monsaas, Judith A.
The study examined competitiveness among eight very high achievers in four talent fields: research mathematics, concert piano, swimming, and tennis. Retrospective interviews had previously been conducted with the subjects as part of B. Bloom's "Development of Talent Project." A 14-statement instrument was developed and applied to interview protocols. Five statements concerned competitiveness of the parents, two statements dealt with the importance of winning or being best to coaches or teachers, and five statements addressed the competitiveness of the individual. Results indicated that there is variation across the talent fields in the level of competitiveness and that the talented individuals in the two athletic fields, as well as their parents and teachers, were more highly competitive than individuals in the non-athletic fields. Mathematicians appeared to be the least competitive in the four talent fields. Findings suggest that the different levels of competitiveness may be related to the different methods used for judging success or achievement. In all families, doing well was an important value. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).