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ERIC Number: ED481855
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
What Are/Do Gifted Teenagers Like?
Miller, Phyllis, Ed.
Mensa Research Journal, v33 n2 Sum 2002
This journal presents four articles on gifted adolescents. The first is "Gifted and Gay: A Study of the Adolescent Experience" (Jean Sunde Peterson and Heather Rischar). This paper reports on a retrospective study of the experiences of 18 gay, lesbian, or bisexual young adults with high ability, finding themes of danger, isolation, depression, and suicidal ideation together with high achievement and extreme involvement in activities. The second study reported is "Respect for Peers with All Levels of Ability" (John Feldhusen), which developed a new scale to examine the self concepts and attitudes of gifted youth and found that, although they see themselves as superior thinkers, they are not arrogant or intolerant of less able thinkers. The third article is "A 'Rag Quilt': Social Relationships among Students in a Special High School". This study at a public residential high school for gifted students used ethnographic and phenomenological methods and found a social system that the students judged as different from their home schools. The final paper is "Dimensions of Competitive and Cooperative Learning among Gifted Learners" by John F. Feldhusen and others. This study explored the dimensionality of preferences for competitive and cooperative learning with 176 gifted students attending a summer program. Cluster analysis identified five relatively homogeneous groups in terms of preferences for cooperative and competitive learning. (Individual articles contain references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Bisexuality, Competition, Cooperative Learning, Gifted, Homosexuality, Lesbianism, Peer Relationship, Secondary Education, Self Concept, Social Development, Student Experience, Student Motivation, Talent
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Mensa Education and Research Foundation, Arlington, TX.
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