Press release №2133
17.01.2019
GIFTED CHILDREN: WHO ARE THEY AND WHAT AWAITS THEM?

IN BRIEF

  • Russians are divided in their opinions on who can be considered a gifted child
  • 51% of Russians say that gifted children have as many difficulties communicating with adults as other children
  • Two-thirds of respondents (64%) believe that teachers should treat gifted children in the same way as they treat other children

The survey suggests that Russians consider gifted both those children who persistently develop their skills and those who have unique features and talents by birth.

MOSCOW, January 17, 2019. Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) presents the data of a study devoted to who can be considered gifted children, as Russians view it, and how teachers and educators should treat gifted children.

For the time being, Russians are divided in their opinions on what children should be treated gifted: 41% of respondents state that children are gifted if they have unique traits and talents by birth; 38% say that children can be called gifted if parents and teachers were persistently developing their skills. Every tenth respondent (12%) believes that gifted children are those who were lucky enough to get their skills noticed by other people.  

When communicating with the peers, gifted children are more likely to experience difficulties, according to 41% of Russians, although 45% consider that they experience the same difficulties as other children (60% among the 18-24-year-olds). Fifty-one percent of Russians say that gifted children have the same difficulties when they communicate with the adults as other children (60% among the 18-24-year-olds and 25-34-yer-olds, each). Every fourth (23%) says that gifted children have fewer problems with adults; every fifth (20%) says they have more problems.

Russians overwhelmingly think that classroom teachers, coaches and educators should treat gifted children in the same way as they treat other children (64%). One-third of respondents (33%) think that teachers should pay more attention to these children.

According to 52% of respondents, in modern Russia gifted children become ordinary adults, and their talent rarely manifest itself in adulthood; 61% of young Russians (aged 18-24) think so. They are opposed by 29% of respondents. 

VCIOM-Sputnik survey was conducted on January 14, 2019. The survey involved 1,600 Russians aged 18 and over. The survey was telephone-based and was carried out using stratified dual-frame random sample based on a complete list of landline and mobile phone numbers operating in Russia. The data were weighted according to selection probability and social and demographic characteristics. The margin of error at a 95% confidence level does not exceed 2.5%. In addition to sampling error, minor changes in question wording and different circumstances arising during the fieldwork can introduce bias into the survey.

 

In your opinion, who can be called gifted children? (closed-ended question, one answer % of total respondents)
  Total respondents
Those children with unique features, talents by birth 41
Those children who underwent through intense, purposeful  training  by teachers and parents to improve their skills 38
Those children who were lucky enough, their skills got noticed by people 12
Other   4
Don’t know 5

 

Some children experience difficulties communicating with other children due to different interests, education and character. In your opinion, do the gifted children have more/fewer difficulties communicating with the peers compared to other children? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents Aged 18-24 Aged 25-34 Aged 35-44 Aged 45-59 Aged 60 and over
More difficulties 41 32 39 40 41 46
Fewer difficulties 8 7 7 5 9 13
The same 45 60 51 49 45 34
Don’t know 6 1 3 6 5 7

 

Some children experience difficulties communicating with adults due to different interests, education and character. In your opinion, do the gifted children have more/fewer difficulties communicating with adults compared to other children? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents Aged 18-24 Aged 25-34 Aged 35-44 Aged 45-59 Aged 60 and over
More difficulties 20 24 17 14 20 25
Fewer difficulties 23 16 20 22 23 27
The same 51 60 60 58 50 39
Don’t know 6 0 3 6 7 9

 

In your opinion, should teachers/trainers/educators pay more attention to the gifted children or treat them in the same way as other children? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents
They should pay more attention to them 33
They should treat them in the same way 64
Don’t know 3

 

Which of the following statements do you agree with the most?  (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents Aged 18-24 Aged 25-34 Aged 35-44 Aged 45-59 Aged 60 and over
In modern Russia gifted children grow into gifted adults; their talents manifest themselves and develop   29 29 28 28 32 29
In modern Russia gifted children become ordinary  adults as time goes by; their talents do not manifest themselves much in their adult life 52 61 60 52 51 45
Don’t know 19 10 12 20 17 26
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