ERIC Number: EJ929811
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
Perceptions of Developmental, Social, and Emotional Issues in Giftedness: "Are They Realistic?"
Bain, Sherry K.; Choate, Stephani M.; Bliss, Stacy L.
Roeper Review, v29 n1 p41-48 2006
We questioned 285 undergraduate students enrolled in human development and educational psychology courses about their perceptions of issues related to giftedness. Participants responded to statements that reflect potential myths or misconceptions related to development, family relations, emotional functioning, and social functioning among individuals who are gifted. Many of the group's perceptions followed no dominant trend and varied little from published evidence. The exceptional issues involved perceptions of homogeneity among children who are gifted, synchronous development, emotional and social functioning in children who are gifted, and emotional functioning of their non-gifted siblings. In the latter three cases, participants overestimated the probability of distress. We discuss implications for programmatic needs, and the need to educate the public regarding disparate and stigmatizing perceptions. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
Descriptors: Evidence, Undergraduate Students, Gifted, Educational Psychology, Affective Behavior, Misconceptions, Individual Development, Student Attitudes, Family Relationship, Emotional Development, Social Development, Beliefs, Questionnaires, Developmental Psychology
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A