Gifted Adults From 3 Continents: What Do They Do, Think, and Feel

Wallace Research Symposium on Talent Development

Campus/Building Maps

Gifted Adults From 3 Continents: What Do They Do, Think, and Feel?Susana Graciela Pérez-Barreran & Andrée Therrien

Monday, May 20, 2024, 10:15 – 11:15 am, Lawrence D. McHugh Hall, Room MCHU 206

Although highly able/gifted (HA/GT) adults’ life experiences could yield important data for improving gifted education, most research in the field focuses strongly on children and adolescents. Based on the findings of a study conducted by the Phoenix International Research Group (comprised of 45 researchers from all over the world), this session shares results from the “And When I Grew Up?” questionnaire taken by 1,056 HA/GT adults. The questionnaire included 39 main and 9 supplemental questions that explored personal, sociodemographic, educational, and professional data; High Ability/Giftedness identification related questions (identification year, age, reasons, professionals); previous diagnoses and professionals consulted; their feelings, actions, and perceived changes after identification; self-concept-related questions; and their fears, difficulties, hobbies, and pet peeves.

The results of this unique cross-cultural study will allow comparisons and the verification of intra- and inter-group differences based on HA/GT adults’ own voices.