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As a result of current statistics and studies offering contradictory views of the self-concept of mentally gifted children, this study has been designed to add to the descriptive literature investigating the relationship between self-concept and intelligence in this area. Specifically, this study examines the hypotheses that (a) no relationship exists between self-concept and intelligence in a total population of students and (b) no difference exists in self-concept scores between students who obtain high intelligence test scores and those who do not. The test instruments used to measure the constructs of self-concept and intelligence were the Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale and the Slosson Intelligence Test for Children and Adults. The subjects were a total population of 52 seventh graders in a small rural Iowa school system, tested in 1982. Collected data was processed by computer utilizing The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (Nie, et al., 1975). The first hypothesis was tested by a Pearson product moment correlation coefficient to measure the relationship of the variables of self-concept and intelligence. The resulting correlation coefficient of .1356 is not significant at the .05 level and supported the first hypothesis. The second hypothesis was tested by dividing the subjects into two groups according to IQ scores greater than 110 (N = 23) or less than 109 (n = 29) and utilizing a one-way analysis of variance on the mean self-concept scores. The resulting data did not support the second hypothesis, as the value of F was 4.715, which is significant at the .05 level. Recommendations for development of strategies and curriculum to enhance self-concept for gifted students were delineated by the author, Leah H. Lorber, in this Study of Gifted Students: Relationship of Intelligence and Self-Concept.

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Master of Arts in Education


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Gaile S. Cannella


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