Self-presentation and underachievement among young adolescents identified as gifted

Luus, Susan Kathryn (2011) Self-presentation and underachievement among young adolescents identified as gifted. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


Academically gifted students are recognised as possessing considerable achievement potential. Yet many gifted students fail to perform at a level commensurate with their ability. This phenomenon is known as underachievement and may have far-reaching personal and social costs. Underachievement is particularly prevalent during early adolescence, between the ages of 10 to 14 years, when declining levels of academic achievement are often apparent. Grouping for instructional purposes is advocated as a means of reducing underachievement for gifted students by providing opportunities for like-minded and like-ability individuals to learn together. Despite this, some gifted students continue to underachieve. For some, underachievement appears to be a deliberate choice making them a population of learners at-risk. This multiple case study examines the relationship between self-presentation and underachievement as experienced by three gifted adolescents. It reveals how students perceived and explained the discrepancy between their ability and performance. Further, the study identifies those self-presentation strategies adopted in response to underachievement. Findings may assist parents and educators to provide greater support for gifted adolescents.

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ID Code: 49870
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Watters, James & Mercer, Louise
Keywords: academically gifted, adolescent, adolescence, asynchrony, belonging, difference, early adolescence, identity, intellectually gifted, goals, self-presentation/impression management theory, social cognitive theory, underachievement
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 24 Apr 2012 06:40
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2012 06:42

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