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Karp, Alexander – Roeper Review, 2010
This article traces the experiences of several outstanding teachers while explicating both the specific character of their teaching and how they were formed as teachers. These teachers' beliefs and the characteristics of their teaching style are examined in connection with the distinguishing features of the Russian schools in which they worked. In…
Descriptors: Teaching Styles, Teacher Characteristics, Academically Gifted, Mathematics
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Karp, Alexander – Roeper Review, 2002
This follow-up study surveyed earlier winners of the St. Petersburg (Russia) mathematical Olympiad in 1991 (n=58) and 2001 (n=30). Findings are detailed concerning respondents' academic degrees, employment, publications, schools attended, and perceived quality of mathematical education. Respondents' views about education were conservative and…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Competition, Educational Attitudes, Followup Studies
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Kaplan, Sandra N.; Shumakova, Natasha – Roeper Review, 1992
A 3-year study involved having 19 fifth and sixth grade students attend school with Russian peers for 10 days and, later, having Russian students attend U.S. schools. Findings indicated that the Russian students perceived greater difficulty in a differentiated curriculum for gifted students than did the U.S. sample. (DB)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Curriculum Development, Difficulty Level, Foreign Countries
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Shumakova, Natasha – Roeper Review, 1992
This study compared reactions (to a set of pictures and associated tasks) of 500 Russian students (ages 7 to 16 including 30 gifted children) and 30 similar gifted U.S. students. The study found a discrepancy between spontaneous and guided curiosity, a decrease in curiosity after age 12, and differences in question type between groups. (DB)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Comparative Education, Cultural Influences, Curiosity
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Evered, Lisa; Nayer, Sofya – Roeper Review, 2000
This article examines the historical and current program at the Lavrentiev Physics-Mathematics Boarding School, a special school for highly gifted students in Novosibirsk, Russia. It notes that the declining prestige of mathematicians and physicists in Russia (compared to business-related careers) suggests the school may not continue to produce as…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Career Choice, Educational Trends, Foreign Countries
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Donoghue, Eileen F.; Karp, Alexander; Vogeli, Bruce R. – Roeper Review, 2000
This article discusses the effects of political and economic changes upon the internationally recognized Russian schools for mathematically and scientifically talented students. Threats to such schools include emigration, budget cutbacks to the schools, and people's growing disillusionment with science as a vehicle for economic and social…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Economic Factors, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
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Dorfman, Leonid – Roeper Review, 2000
This article discusses the history, methodology, and assessment of giftedness by Russian psychologists from the 1920s through the present. The review indicates that because of the ban on psychometric testing, a powerful theoretical tradition emerged and continues and that Russia tends to a multifaceted definition of giftedness. (Contains extensive…
Descriptors: Ability Identification, Classification, Cultural Influences, Elementary Secondary Education