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NCJ Number: 149188 Find in a Library
Title: Neglected Dropouts: The Gifted and Talented
Journal: Equity and Excellence  Volume:25  Issue:1  Dated:special issue (Fall 1991)  Pages:62-73
Author(s): E Robertson
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 12
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Experts estimate that 25 percent of all students drop out of school by age 16; between 18 and 25 percent of gifted and talented students, who comprise about 10 percent of the total student population, also drop out.
Abstract: This paper describes the similarities and differences between gifted and more typical adolescent dropouts. According to the factors discussed here, which include identity development, learning styles, locus of control issues, the need for meaningful work, and a sense of self, some gifted students are probably prime candidates for dropping out of school. Gifted dropouts tend to come from a higher socioeconomic level, have more stable families, and speak standard English as their primary language. Gifted dropouts appear to be going through an affective and cognitive phase of identity development, while nongifted dropouts are more likely to be escaping from what they perceive to be a hostile school environment. Gifted dropouts are also more likely to benefit from a firm support system, usually provided by their family, and eventually to return to complete their education. 87 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Children at risk; School dropouts
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