Affective Issues of Underachievement and Talent Development

Wallace Research Symposium on Talent Development

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Affective Issues of Underachievement and Talent DevelopmentAppaji Korikana

Monday, May 20, 2024, 10:15 – 11:15 am, Lawrence D. McHugh Hall, Room MCHU 202

Every child in the classroom may not perform equally due to individual discrepancies among students. There is a long list of issues affecting different children. Both children and parents are suffering a lot from these issues, and many times they express their inability to overcome these issues. These same children may excel in other co-curricular activities, but they are not happy with learning for various reasons and are often therefore labeled underachievers. Reasons may stem from various factors such as home environment, peer group, and school environment. An inspiring quote from Stephen Hawking reads, “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change and … However difficult life may seem, there is always something we can do and succeed.” The success story of Stephen Hawking inspires the present article. This story was used as an intervention to build confidence levels among able children to become successful learners through counseling. Case study method was adopted in this study. Counseling helped in resolving the issues of underachievement and talent development. Moreover, it contributed to the nation by providing genius personalities.