Special Class for the Gifted Young: A 34-Year Experimentation With Early College Entrance Programs in China

David Yun Dai*, Saiying Steenbergen-Hu

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Abstract

This article introduces the Special Class for the Gifted Young (SCGY), an early college entrance program in mathematics and science in China, which has been a focus for media coverage and public discussion of accelerated education in China. We first describe the admission policy and academic programming of SCGY and delineate its distinct features. Next we summarize findings regarding the long-term trajectories and accomplishments of its graduates. We then present our interview studies with graduates of SCGY and raise a set of questions for future research. The evidence shows that, when admission policy, academic programming, and student support are fashioned to optimize student learning and growing experiences, early college entrance programs can be effective ways of producing a pipeline of talents to the benefit of society while also benefiting the individuals involved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-18
Number of pages10
JournalRoeper Review
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015

Keywords

  • China
  • STEM
  • acceleration
  • case study
  • college
  • early entrance
  • gifted education
  • grounded theory
  • honors class
  • residential
  • science
  • technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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