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Title: Parenting ‘gifted and talented’ children in urban areas: Parents' voices
Authors: Koshy, V
Portman Smith, C
Brown, J
Keywords: Parental perspectives;Urban;Economically deprived;'Gifted and talented';United Kingdom
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Sage Publications
Citation: Gifted Education International, 2014
Abstract: International evidence demonstrates the importance of engaging parents in the education of their ‘high-potential’ children, yet limited research has focused on the involvement of parents from differing economic strata/backgrounds. The current study explored the dilemmas of parenting academically high-ability children from economically deprived urban areas in the UK. Data were gathered from a sample of parents whose children attended a university-based sustained intervention programme for designated ‘gifted’ pupils aged 12–16. Parental perceptions were sought in relation to (a) the usefulness/impact of the intervention programme, (b) parents’ aspirations for their children growing up in economically deprived urban areas and (c) parents’ views on the support provided by the extended family, peer groups and the wider community. The findings have significant implications for both policy and practice and, more specifically, for engaging parents in intervention programmes offered by universities and schools to children in order to increase their access to higher education and for enhancing their life chances.
Description: This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final published article is available from the link below. Copyright © 2014 by SAGE Publications.
ISSN: 0261-4294
Appears in Collections:Education
Dept of Education Research Papers

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