ERIC Number: ED480177
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Giftedness and High School Dropouts: Personal, Family, and School-Related Factors. Research Monograph Series.
Renzulli, Joseph S.; Park, Sunghee
This study used data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988 and follow-up data collected in 1990, 1992, and 1994, to examine the characteristics and personal/educational factors related to gifted high school dropouts (n=3,520). Results indicate: (1) many gifted students left school because they were failing school, did not like school, got a job, or were pregnant; (2) most parents whose gifted child dropped out of school were not actively involved in their child's decision to dropout; (3) many gifted students who dropped out of school participated less in extracurricular activities; (4) few gifted students who dropped out had plans to return to school; (5) gifted students who dropped out of school had higher self-concepts than typical dropouts; (6) many gifted students who dropped out were from low socioeconomic families and racial minority groups; (7) gifted students who dropped out had parent with low levels of education; (8) gifted students who dropped out had used marijuana more than gifted students who completed school; and (9) dropout behavior for gifted students was significantly related to students' educational aspirations, pregnancy or child-rearing, gender, and parents' highest level of education. An appendix provides information on the study variables. (Contains more than 90 references.) (Author/CR)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Dropout Attitudes, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Research, Extracurricular Activities, Family Characteristics, Family Influence, Family Involvement, Gifted, Illegal Drug Use, Predictor Variables, Pregnancy, Racial Differences, Secondary Education, Self Concept, Sex Differences, Socioeconomic Influences, Student Characteristics, Underachievement
Order Department, University of Connecticut, The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, 2131 Hillside Road Unit 3007, Storrs, CT 06269-3007 ($10). Tel: 860-486-0283; Fax: 860-486-2900; Web site: http://www.gifted.uconn.edu.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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.