Little fish / big pond

November 10, 2007 at 9:18 pm Leave a comment

At the National Association for Gifted Children conference, one of the undercurrents is the “Little Fish/Big Pond” issue.  If you take a brilliant child from a situation where he is the best and move him to an environment with his intellectual peers, where he is no longer the best, is that detrimental?   One pundit believes so, because the kids’ self-esteem takes a hit.

In the presentation, “An Investigation of Two Summer Residential Programs for Academically Talented Students”, researchers used data from Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) and Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development (CTD) summer programs for gifted kids to address that claim.  They found:

  • “During summer programs, students’ academic self-concept decreased.
  • “During summer programs, students’ athletic, appearance, social and parent relations self-concepts increased.
  • “Students rated summer programs higher than school on virtually all experiences.
  • “There were significant differences in ratings of summer programs by level of qualification (higher SAT level benefits mores), grade (younger students benefit academically while older students benefit socially), and gender (females give higher ratings).”

Entry filed under: social-emotional needs, summer programs.

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