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3.7.4 Exploring the relationship between intelligence and popularity: The social and academic popularity of gifted elementary students

One purpose of this study was to explore the relationships between intelligence and sociometric status of young learners in elementary schools. Another purpose was to document the differences in social and academic popularity between gifted students and their peers. Participants included 3,335 elementary students, 643 identified as gifted, in grades two through four in 20 schools in Turkey. The summary of the statistical analysis indicated significant correlation between intelligence and social and academic popularity. Also, the summary of the MANOVA analysis indicated significant differences in the social and academic popularity between these gifted and non-gifted students.


Abdulkadir Bahar
University of Wisconsin
United States

Kadir Bahar is an assistant professor of gifted education at UW-Stevens Point. After graduating summa cum laude from Bilkent University with a degree in industrial engineering, he completed his Ph.D. in Special Education with a focus on Gifted Education at the University of Arizona. His research interests include education of gifted students, problem solving, mathematical ability, and talent development. Professor Bahar serves as the director of the Youth in College program, which is a summer enrichment experience for high academic ability students.


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