Am I That Talented? The experiences of gifted individuals from diverse educational backgrounds at the postsecondary level

María P. Gómez-Arízaga, M. Leonor Conejeros-Solar

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Abstract

The experiences of gifted students at the postsecondary level have not been studied widely. The goal of the present study was to explore and describe gifted students' perceptions of their first year after high school regarding experiences of success and failure. Two focus groups were conducted with 12 students (8 males, 4 females) from different educational backgrounds, who had participated in a university-based enrichment program, to discuss topics related to their academic and socio-emotional experiences at a postsecondary level. Many students who attended vocational high schools experienced high levels of discomfort with their academic preparedness to face postsecondary education. Other initial problems were adapting socially to a new environment and perceiving themselves as "less" gifted than their peers. However, after these initial adjustment problems, students revealed high perseverance to face difficulties and a strong motivation for continuing the academic path they had outlined for themselves. Conducting longitudinal research and rethinking college services offered for gifted students are some of the implications discussed in this study.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)135-151
Number of pages17
JournalHigh Ability Studies
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • college adjustment
  • gifted college students
  • students' perceptions

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