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ERIC Number: EJ893883
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3532
Experiences of Intellectually Gifted Students in an Egalitarian and Inclusive Educational System: A Survey Study
Persson, Roland S.
Journal for the Education of the Gifted, v33 n4 p536-569 Oct 2010
A study was launched in an educational setting where giftedness is not officially recognized o explore intellectually gifted students' experience of family background and support, their age and means of identification, the degree of support received in school, and the understanding they experienced from a primary to a tertiary education level. In all, 287 members of the Swedish branch of Mensa (216 men and 71 women), all with IQ scores equal to or higher than he 98th percentile, constituted the research group. A survey design was used and provided as an Internet-based questionnaire. Quantitative data were analyzed as within-group dispersions, whereas qualitative data were subjected to a straightforward content analysis. Results show cause for concern. In particular, primary school appeared to be a hostile environment. However, conditions improved somewhat as participants moved from primary to secondary school and again from secondary to tertiary education. However, the participants remained far from satisfied at any level of the education system. Four problem areas were identified in the study as constituting the gifted students' compounded dilemma in an egalitarian, regular, and inclusive school system. (Contains 4 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden