Posted by: Alexandre Borovik | March 7, 2009

We still have no idea …

what to do with able children. Compare two claims from recent research reports:

1. New study reveals: Gifted children shape their personalities according to social stigma.

“Society identifies the gifted child with high intelligence and is often hasty to identify this intelligence with specific subjects, especially exact or prestigious sciences. The maturing children are quick to adopt this identity, renouncing the process of building self-identity,” said Dr. Inbal Shani of the University of Haifa, who carried out this study under the supervision of Prof. Moshe Zeidner.

2. Early Achievement In Math May Identify Future Scientists And Engineers.

 “New research published in the October issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that there may be a way to identify budding scientists and engineers and thus be able to guide them, from a young age, to careers that will enable them to make the most of their abilities.”

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  1. Here is a new wikipedia entry on “The Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY)”.


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