The reversal of academic underachievement viewed through the eyes of the gifted child

Authors

Jodi Lamanna, Wilma Vialle & Catherine Wormald

 

This literature review investigated studies that explored the underachievement and reversal of underachievement in gifted students. Underachievement in gifted students is of concern to parents and educators yet only a small number of studies have investigated this phenomenon through the lens of the gifted underachieving student. The role of teachers, school curriculum and peers emerged as strong themes within the literature and key findings showed that a positive teacher-student connection, an appropriately challenging curriculum, and working with like-minded peers had a strong influence on reversing academic underachievement in gifted students.

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Keywords: gifted, underachievement, reversal of underachievement, systematic review