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    #233633 - 09/09/16 01:33 PM Just saw this on the weekly DYS distro
    madeinuk Offline
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    How to create ideal conditions for nurturing talent:-

    link here


    Edited by madeinuk (09/09/16 01:34 PM)
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    #233637 - 09/09/16 04:24 PM Re: Just saw this on the weekly DYS distro [Re: madeinuk]
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    This article, "How to Raise a Genius" is a treasure trove of topics discussed frequently on the forums. While it never comes close to providing parenting advice on how to raise a genius, the title serves its purpose by drawing readers in.

    The article transitions from a summary of the SMPY longitudinal study, to other research, to attempts to apply findings to gifted education, to considerations for applying findings to education for the general population.

    SMPY Study

    1 Identification
    - 1 in 10,000
    - cohorts varied from top 3% to .01% top SAT math scores at age 13
    - 2nd cohort - top .5% SAT scores, also tested for visual-spatial ability

    2 Acceleration
    - "intellectual diversity and rapid pace of learning make them among the most challenging to educate."
    - "Advancing these students costs little or nothing, and in some cases may save schools money."
    - "These kids often don't need anything innovative or novel... they just need earlier access to what's already available to older kids."
    - Early college
    - "acceleration benefits the vast majority of gifted children socially and emotionally, as well as academically and professionally."
    - "Skipping grades is not the only option... access to challenging material such as college-level Advanced Placement courses—have a demonstrable effect"

    3 Opportunity
    - "Among students with high ability, those who were given a richer density of advanced precollegiate educational opportunities in STEM went on to publish more academic papers, earn more patents and pursue higher-level careers than their equally smart peers who didn't have these opportunities."

    4 Other
    - "We don't know why, even at the high end, some people will do well and others won't"
    - "Intelligence won't account for all the differences between people; motivation, personality factors, how hard you work and other things are important."
    - Munich study of 26,000 gifted students, 1980's: "cognitive factors were the most predictive, but that some personal traits—such as motivation, curiosity and ability to cope with stress—had a limited influence on performance. Environmental factors, such as family, school and peers, also had an impact."

    5 Measures of success/achievement
    - students in top 1% of childhood intellectual ability earned advanced degrees at about 25 times the rate of the general population
    - students in the top 0.01% of childhood intellectual ability earned earned PhDs at about 50 times the rate of the general population
    - "students who are only marginally impressive in mathematics or verbal ability but high in spatial ability often make exceptional engineers, architects and surgeons"

    Worldview
    - Middle East and Asian countries screening for ability
    - European countries focused on inclusion

    Application
    - Controversial: predict who will rise to the top
    - Testing may de-motivate high scoring students and students not identified
    - Focus on growth mindset
    - SES factors
    - Summer camps for accelerated study in area of strong interest
    - Education community accepts myth that acceleration may harm students
    - Education community accepts myth that gifted children do fine on their own
    - Education community has a "general belief that kids who have advantages, cognitive or otherwise, shouldn't be given extra encouragement; that we should focus more on lower-performing kids."

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