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ERIC Number: EJ781069
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1380-3611
Factors that Contribute to or Hinder Academic Productivity: Comparing Two Groups of Most and Least Successful Olympians
Nokelainen, Petri; Tirri, Kirsi; Campbell, James Reed; Walberg, Herbert
Educational Research and Evaluation, v13 n6 p483-500 Dec 2007
In the 1940s, Lewis Terman (1954a, 1954b) studied "life success" of 730 gifted men at the midpoint of their careers and found that success is associated with stability and absence of disturbing conflicts. In this article, we use retrospective data (N = 624) from the academic Olympians in 3 countries (USA, Germany, and Finland) to study factors that are responsible for actualizing the Olympian's talent. The results, analyzed in 3 age cohorts, support the findings of the original Termna study. In the youngest age cohort 16 - 22 years), we found that most of the females were in the A group. For the second (23 - 29 years) and third (30 -54 years) age cohorts, the findings show that the Olympians in the A group have higher motivation than those in the C group. Results showed that a conducive home atmosphere promoted best Olympians' long-term academic productivity. (Contains 3 tables 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland; Germany; United States
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