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ERIC Number: EJ781054
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1380-3611
Long-Term Effects of Enrichment Summer Courses on the Academic Performance of Gifted Adolescents
Hany, Ernst A.; Grosch, Christiane
Educational Research and Evaluation, v13 n6 p521-537 Dec 2007
Short-term effects on the development of gifted school students have been demonstrated for intensive enrichment programs and means of acceleration. Long-term effects of short enrichment programs, however, have never been investigated and have rarely been postulated. Data from a large enrichment program in Germany can help to clarify this question. Participants and equally gifted nonparticipants of a 2-week summer course in the years 1994 to 1996 were contacted about 10 years after and compared by questionnaires. Prior to this systematic study, anecdotal evidence had shown that some participants have been deeply influenced during this summer camp, which is organized yearly for several hundred German school students at about age 16. Data from a larger group of former participants and nonparticipants could not confirm the overall long-term positive influence of the summer course on measures of academic career. Several reasons for this result are discussed and theoretical explanations are provided. (Contains 6 tables.) [Research for this article was supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and by Bildung und Begabung.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany