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ERIC Number: EJ969371
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 69
ISSN: ISSN-1598-1037
The Social Competence of Highly Gifted Math and Science Adolescents
Lee, Seon-Young; Olszewski-Kubilius, Paula; Thomson, Dana
Asia Pacific Education Review, v13 n2 p185-197 Jun 2012
Involving 740 highly gifted math and science students from two different countries, Korea and the United States, this study examined how these gifted adolescents perceived their interpersonal ability and peer relationships and whether there were differences between these two groups by demographic variables. Based on the survey data, results showed that our gifted students perceived their interpersonal ability and peer relationships at levels comparable to or higher than those of their non-gifted counterparts. They were satisfied and confident with their peer relationships and did not identify negative effects of being gifted when forming and maintaining friendships. Differences were found between Korean and American students by gender in their profiles of interpersonal ability and peer relationships. Positive self-portrayal of social competence found for our sample disputed previous studies suggesting that highly gifted students tend to struggle with social relationships. Given that each group of students had different educational, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds, the results should also be interpreted with caution.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea; United States