Counseling for Gifted students

Implication for a differentiated approach

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Gifted students are not different from the non-gifted students when facing adversity in life, although they were said to have unique cognitive abilities. As such, effective psychological and counseling support is required to help them persevere in their conquest of developing creative and innovative ideas in knowledge. This paper reports an initial study that explores the counseling needs of Malaysia's gifted students. One hundred and eighty students between the ages of 13 to 15 participated in this study. They attended the enrichment School Holiday Program organized by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in December 2009. Data were collected using a set of questionnaire and an unstructured interview with the students. The questionnaire examines the students' preferences on counseling services offered by their school counselors, reasons for seeking counseling services and the preferred approach used by counselors. Eight students randomly selected from the group were interviewed to explore reasons for seeking counseling services from their school counselors. Findings from this study show that the students were not in favor of counseling services for a number of reasons, namely: (a) to save face, (b) others' perception towards people who seek counseling services, (c) time constraint, (d) ineffective counseling services, and (e) counselor's personality. The study also shows that when in need, more female students seek counseling services as compared to their male counterparts, while the older students seek counseling services more than their younger counterparts. The study also shows that these students prefer approaches that challenge their cognitive ability as compared to approaches that focuses on affective or behavioral change per se. Implication towards "differentiated counseling services" is also discussed in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-392
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Learning
Volume17
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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  • Counseling services
  • Differentiated counseling service
  • Gifted students

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