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The Terman Genetic Studies of Genius, 1922-1972


by Pauline Snedden Sears 1979

Terman's famous study of gifted children, started soon after his return from test construction duties during World War I, reflected his great interest in children who scored at the extremely high end of the scale, the upper 1 to 2 percent. He was confident that they were a very able and potentially productive part of the population, and was concerned that common "myths" about them were injuring their development.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 78, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 80 Number 5, 1979, p. 75-96
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19346, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 3:37:18 AM

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  • Pauline Sears
    Stanford University
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    PAULINE SNEDDEN SEARS is in the faculty of the School of Education at Stanford University, where she works on self-esteem and achievement motivation, focusing on how these affected school performance
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