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An electronic journal for leaders in education
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Young gifted children transitioning to a formal learning environment

Anne Grant
The article is drawn from Dr Grant's PhD research at the University of Melbourne.

The transitions between home, preschool and school are major steps in a child's life, and early learning experiences in a formal educational environment are acknowledged as formative, influencing later success at school. Yet, research within the gifted education field has paid scant attention to young gifted children. This article describes the findings from a study investigating the experiences of seven young gifted children as they adjusted to the formal educational environment of a preschool and the beginning grade of primary school. The study confirmed characteristically gifted behaviours among all seven children. It also identified preschool and school practices that either facilitated or hindered the children's adjustment to the formal learning environment.


Subject Headings

Gifted children
Educational evaluation
Primary education
Transitions in schooling