ERIC Number: ED285341
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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Non-Gifted Elementary and Middle School Children's Sociometric Choices of Gifted vs. Non-Gifted Helpers.
Adler, Jay C.; And Others
The study measured the perception of children in grades 2 through 8 toward their gifted classmates, based upon responses to a sociometric question. From the total of 868 students participating, teachers designated the gifted and non-gifted. Non-gifted subjects in grades 2 and 3 were asked to indicate which peer they would go to for schoolwork help if the teacher were not available. Non-gifted subjects in grades 4 through 8 were asked to respond to the same question regarding help in math, social studies, and science. The proportion of cases in which a gifted subject was chosen by a non-gifted peer was compared with the proportion of gifted children in that grade to determine whether the choice of gifted helpmates by non-gifted peers exceeded what would be expected in random choices. Among elementary students, there was a marked tendency at all three levels of gifted subjects to be chosen as helpmates. In grades 3 and 5, nearly twice as many choices went to the gifted as might be expected. Results were mixed among middle school students, with significant choices for gifted students in seventh grade math, but not in eighth grade math. Variability suggested that factors other than academics are beginning to influence perceptions of gifted children at that age. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).