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ERIC Number: EJ781430
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0016-9862
The Impact of an Undergraduate Honors Program on Gifted University Students
Hebert, Thomas P.; McBee, Matthew T.
Gifted Child Quarterly, v51 n2 p136-151 2007
Through a qualitative research design, this study examined the experiences of seven gifted university students in an undergraduate honors program. The findings indicated the students as adolescents experienced a sense of isolation resulting from the differences between their abilities, interests, life goals, religious value systems, and the communities in which they lived. At the university, the participants discovered within the honors program an intellectual and social network with other gifted individuals like them. Together they recognized their strong desire for self-actualization. In advanced-level courses, they found intellectual stimulation and academic challenge. Through several components of the honors program they developed significant psychosocial growth. Throughout their experiences, the honors program director became a mentor and played an important role in facilitating experiences designed to address the diverse needs of these gifted young adults. Implications of the findings are presented along with suggestions for designing appropriate honors program experiences for gifted university students. (Contains 1 table and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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