Equity in Gifted/Talented (G/T) Education

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Twice-Exceptional Students and G/T Services

Emotional Needs of Twice-Exceptional Learners

"Twice-Exceptional learners experience extreme frustration trying to deal with both exceptionalities. The unevenness of abilities within these learners contributes to their vulnerability" (Trail, 2011). This uneven development can result in unrealistic expectations leading to increased frustration and a heightened sense of inefficacy. Twice-exceptional students expect learning to be easy, and when learning is a struggle, they begin to question their abilities, which leads to confusion and anxiety. Underachieving students attribute success to luck and failure to lack of ability. Achieving students attribute success to effort and ability and failure to lack of effort.

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