How Can I Help My Gifted Child Plan for College?
an ERIC Parent's Brochure
|Expose your child to a variety of work environments.|
|Ask open-ended questions when your child mentions careers and avoid statements that imply expectations.|
|Urge your child to explore as many careers as possible.|
|Encourage your child to volunteer in your community.|
|Encourage your child to join high school internship programs.|
Having the right kind of information about colleges will help your child make the best decision about where to go and what to study. Use the following suggestions to guide your research:
|Start with information in the school guidance office and library.
Become familiar with college guides, multimedia resources, and videotapes.|
|Obtain literature from your top 15 to 20 choices and read it
carefully. Organize important information, such as the colleges' goals,
recruitment procedures, support for incoming freshmen, location, size,
cost, academic life, course offerings, honors programs, faculty, grading
policies, selection of applicants, and availability of financial aid.
Narrow your list to 5 to 10 colleges.|
|Visit campuses and talk to admission personnel, faculty, and students about academic and campus life.|
Preparing for college can be a confusing process for any student, including those who are gifted. Fortunately, many organizations and electronic sources are available to help parents and their children further explore the issues discussed in this brochure.
The following organizations offer information about gifted students and their college planning.
American Association for Gifted Children
1121 West Main Street, Suite 100
Durham, NC 27701
Center for Academically Talented Youth
The Johns Hopkins University
Charles and 34th Streets
Baltimore, MD 21218
ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education
The Council for Exceptional Children
1920 Association Drive
Reston, VA 22091
National Association for Gifted Children
1707 L Street NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20036
The Internet offers a wide variety of information about educating and raising children who are gifted.
World Wide Web
The Gifted Resources Home Page. Offers links to myriad online resources for gifted children, including enrichment programs, talent searches, summer programs, accelerated university programs, and other special programs. URL: http://www.eskimo.com/~user/kid s.html (no longer available)
The ERIC Systemwide Web Site. Offers links to useful resources for gifted children. URL: http://www.eric.ed.gov/ Pre-2004 ERIC resources are still available Where can I find the ERIC Clearinghouses now? (since their demise on December 31, 2003)
TAG-L. Send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the text line type "Subscribe TAG-L (firstname lastname)."
TAGFAM. Send e-mail to email@example.com. In the text line type "Subscribe TAGFAM (firstname lastname)."
References identified with ED are abstracted in the ERIC database. They are available in microfiche collections at more than 900 locations or can be obtained in paper copy from the ERIC Document Reproduction Service at 1-800-443-ERIC. Call 1-800- LET-ERIC for more details.
Berger, Sandra. 1994. College Planning for Gifted Students, 2nd Edition. Reston, VA: The Council for Exceptional Children. ED 307 768.
Gibson, Debra Solberg. May 1995. "Guidance for Your Gifted: The College Years." Better Homes and Gardens. Des Moines, IA: Meredith Corporation.
Kerr, B. 1990. Career Planning for Gifted and Talented Youth. ERIC EC Digest #E492. Reston, VA: ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education. ED 321 497.
Wright, Avis L., and Paula Olszewski-Kubilius. 1993. Helping Gifted Children and Their Families Prepare for College: A Handbook Designed To Assist Economically Disadvantaged and First-Generation College Attendees. Evanston, IL: Center for Talent Development.
This brochure is based on the book, College Planning for Gifted Students, by Sandra Berger.
This publication was prepared by ACCESS ERIC with funding from the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education, under Contract No. RR92024001. The opinions expressed in this brochure do not necessarily reflect the positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Education.
TITLE: How Can I Help My Gifted Child Plan for College?
AUTHOR: Sandra Berger
PUBLICATION DATE: Fall 1996