ERIC Number: ED328050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Gifted Learning Disabled and Gifted Underachievers: Similarities and Differences.
This review addresses the characteristics and needs of gifted learning disabled (GLD) and gifted underachieving (GUA) students and provides educational strategies for both groups. A section on the GUA describes these students' unique personal, social, and family characteristics and notes that underachievement is more prevalent among boys than girls. Educational methods for working with the GUA include bibliotherapy and study skills instruction. In chart form, characteristics of GLD are contrasted with characteristics of children with high intelligence and high motivation. Educational implications for serving GLD students involve improving communication between teachers of the gifted and teachers of the learning disabled, developing compensatory skills, and providing proper placement and programming. As the concept of learning disability has become synonymous with underachievement, the problem in identifying the GUA and GLD becomes complex. Education for both groups can be helped through mentorships. The paper concludes that the etiology of learning difficulty and underachievement is different, that learning disabilities do not always contribute to underachievement or low achievement, and that GLD should not be identified as GUA. (43 references) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Southeast Asian Regional Conference on Giftedness (1st, Manila, Philippines, August 14-19, 1990).