Vialle, W., Heaven, P. C & Ciarrochi, J. (2015). The relationship between self-esteem and academic achievement in high ability students: Evidence from the Wollongong Youth Study. The Australasian Journal of Gifted Education,24(2), 17-23. Australia: Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented.
The relationship between self-esteem and academic achievement is one that is regarded by many educators as a well-established fact. This belief has been often invoked in order to argue against the provision of ability grouping for gifted students. Refuting that commonly-held belief, this research examined the relationship between self-esteem and academic achievement in 65 high-ability secondary students, a sample drawn from a longitudinal study of over 900 students. The research demonstrated that there were no differences in measured self-esteem between the gifted and non-gifted students. More contentiously, though, the research found no correlation between self-esteem and academic achievement for the gifted group.
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