Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Fall 1980

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Darwin J. Goodey

Second Committee Member

Glenn A. Madsen

Third Committee Member

Sydney L. Nesselroad


This investigation focused upon the academic and social achievement of identified gifted and talented students who participated in a special humanities program conducted within a traditional junior high school environment. Eighty-two students, ranging from the seventh grade through their sophomore year in college, returned questionnaires lending credence to the hypothesis that these youngsters generally continue to sustain their achievement level as they progress through life. Students' attitudes regarding gifted identification, motivation, peer relationships, and program preparation were discussed.