of underachieving gifted students include:
need for attention
thought patterns eg believe themselves unintelligent despite test
Responding to Underachievement
The primary factor for chronic underachievement in gifted students
appears to be a lack of recognition and support for intellectual
potential during the early school years. In order to achieve, gifted
students need to be challenged sufficiently to match their potential
level of ability.
When highly intelligent children are not challenged academically
at an early age, they find the work too easy, become bored, develop
poor work habits and often have negative feelings towards school.
Underachievement is an appropriate response to what they perceive
as unrewarding work and the same students who are not motivated
at school often demonstrate high levels of intrinsic motivation
in their extracurricular interest areas.