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A decade comparison: Self-concept of gifted and non-gifted adolescents


Kong Yan 
University of Science and Technology, Heifei, Anhui, China 
kongyan@ustc.edu.cn
 

Zhu Haihui 
University of Science and Technology, Heifei, Anhui, China

 

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Abstract

The study explores the link between general social environment and self-concept, and giftedness and self-concept. A total of 135 high school and 64 university students with an average age of 16 years from China took part in the research, consisting of four groups: gifted and non-gifted adolescents of Year 1993, and gifted and non-gifted adolescents of Year 2003. Comparison between the groups has been made. Findings indicate that social environment has a significant impact on the non-gifted adolescents while its influence on the gifted is comparatively slight. The Year 1993 sample shows that the gifted adolescents have a more positive academic self-concept than the non-gifted group while Year 2003 sample reflects inconsistency with the former result. 

Self-concept, adolescence, social environment, academic

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 Kong, Y. and Zhu H. (2005) A decade comparison: Self-concept of gifted and non-gifted adolescents. International Education Journal, 6(2), 224-231.
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