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ERIC Number: EJ1091756
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Creative Underachievers: Children Who Are Too out of the Box
Rimm, Sylvia
Parenting for High Potential, v4 n5 p6-7 Mar-Apr 2015
Educators in the field of gifted education attempt to not only accelerate curriculum for their students, but also to encourage and expand their critical and creative thinking. They often explain this creative approach to students as "out-of-the-box" thinking. "The box" is an effective analogy to help children understand how to shift their thinking and learning styles toward taking initiative and becoming more original, questioning, and imaginative. Underachieving children are not always creative, and creative children are not always underachievers. However, an alarming number of highly creative children do not achieve to their abilities in school. Ideal home and school environments that foster both creativity and achievement include parents and teachers who value creativity within the limits of reasonable conformity. This article provides recommendations for parents and teachers for the prevention and reversal of underachievement in creative children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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