ERIC Number: ED429413
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
What Educators Need To Know about...Under-Achievement and Gifted Students. Practitioners' Guide A9712.
Berube, Bruce N., Ed.
This brochure for educators discusses underachievement and gifted students. The causes of underachievement are reviewed, which include parents who do not stress the importance of academic achievement and do not set high standards, divorce or strained relations between the family members, peer group pressure, an unchallenging and unmotivating curriculum, teachers who do not appreciate or recognize the student's unique talents and abilities, and gifted students who may not believe that they can do well. Strategies that teachers can use to reverse the underachievement process are outlined, such as: (1) ensure that opportunities are provided for academic challenge within the classroom; (2) provide opportunities for students to pursue topics of interest through independent projects; (3) help underachieving students set realistic goals that they can eventually reach; and (4) encourage students to pursue out of school interests. (CR)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Family Influence, Gifted, Performance Factors, Student Motivation, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship, Underachievement
National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, University of Connecticut, 362 Fairfield Road, U-7, Storrs, CT 06269-2007.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, Storrs, CT.