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ERIC Number: EJ773390
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1076-2175
Transitions in the Development of Giftedness
Bonner, Fred A., II
Gifted Child Today, v28 n2 p19-25 Spr 2005
The purpose of this investigation was to assess the factors that lead to success in transitions of giftedness among a middle school student cohort. As part of the Yale University (PACE Center) Transitions in the Development of Giftedness evaluation plan, qualitative data were collected via a semistructured interview protocol. A total of 63 sixth-grade students enrolled in a middle school in Connecticut were interviewed. Two emergent themes were identified through the data analysis process: (1) localizing the locus of control; and (2) deconstructing the definition of giftedness. Interview data revealed that students consistently selected self-confidence, determination, intelligence, and learning from mistakes as the most important factors contributing to their success. Giftedness was viewed as being more static and absolute and was inversely related to success, which was viewed as being more fluid and uncertain. Programmatic and classroom action research recommendations are presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut