ERIC Number: EJ854220
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 5
Competitions: What Parents of Gifted Students Must Know
Karnes, Frances A.; Riley, Tracy L.
Understanding Our Gifted, v17 n3 p8-10 Spr 2005
The media calls them the wizards of tomorrow, the fix-it-kids, athletes of the mind, star players, and champs. These are the young people who compete and win academic, artistic, leadership, and service related competitions. Competitors spell words as difficult as autochthonous, make new scientific discoveries, compose poetry, publish their short stories and books, design inventions, and lead community enhancement projects. They amaze crowds and impress judges with their abilities. The winners walk away with many prizes, from scholarships to cash, ribbons, t-shirts, and trophies. Having fun is the ultimate prize reported by students who compete--and the fun is all in the learning. Many participants in local, state, national, and international competitions are gifted and talented students who have "more raw material with which to compete" (Udvari, 2000, p. 212). Because of their abilities and successes, these students may view competitions favorably and be encouraged by their teachers to participate more than their non-gifted peers. In this article, the authors discuss the importance of knowing the potential benefits and problems of participation in competitions. The authors stress that parents need to be aware of the wide variety of contests available, the possible awards, how to assist in the selection process, and ways to support their children's involvement.
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Cognitive Ability, Talent, Student Participation, Poetry, Competition, Awards, Parent Role, Writing (Composition), Second Language Learning, Mathematics Achievement, Service Learning, Art Products, Science Achievement
Open Space Communications LLC. P.O. Box 18268, Boulder, CO 80308. Tel: 303-444-7020; Tel: 800-494-6178; Fax: 303-545-6505; Web site: http://www.our-gifted.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A