ERIC Number: EJ1051992
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Reference Count: 9
Peer Acceptance of Highly Gifted Children in Elementary School
Gallagher, James J.
Journal for the Education of the Gifted, v38 n1 p51-57 Mar 2015
The variables associated with peer acceptance and rejection have been the subject of considerable investigation over the past few years, therefore, the present study was designed to answer three questions: (1) How socially accepted are highly gifted children in the elementary-school classroom? (2) What is the intellectual level of the children whom they choose as friends? and (3) What is the intellectual level of children who choose gifted children for friends? This study of peer acceptance of highly gifted children seemed to indicate that, as a group, they were highly popular with their classmates and far from isolating themselves in social cliques with other bright classmates, the gifted children extended their own friendships throughout the entire intellectual range in their classroom. On the other hand, children of all levels of intellectual ability valued the gifted as friends.
Descriptors: Peer Acceptance, Academically Gifted, Elementary School Students, Rejection (Psychology), Friendship, Peer Relationship, Cognitive Ability, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Intelligence Quotient
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: California Test of Mental Maturity; Stanford Binet Intelligence Scale