ERIC Number: EJ1019943
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Is Being Gifted a Social Handicap?
Coleman, Laurence J.; Cross, Tracy L.
Journal for the Education of the Gifted, v37 n1 p5-17 Mar 2014
The paper explores the question of how gifted and talented adolescents experience being gifted in high school. Fifteen subjects were interviewed twice while attending a special summer program in order to answer this general question. The data were analyzed and interpreted using a set of research questions which postulated that the subjects would voice feelings of difference and would make statements indicating recognition that being gifted interfered with full social acceptance. The results support the notion that many, but not all, gifted and talented adolescents experience giftedness as a social handicap. The data also suggested that some students manage information about themselves to minimize their visibility as gifted students to others.
Descriptors: Gifted, Adolescents, Adolescent Attitudes, Talent, Interviews, Summer Programs, Coping, Social Desirability, Change Strategies, Student Characteristics, Peer Groups, Student Attitudes, Social Attitudes, Social Psychology, High School Students, Phenomenology, Student Experience
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Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee
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