Volume 5 Issue 2 (2016)

Human Values and Compassionate Love in Highly Gifted Students and Normal Student

pp. 116-127  |  Published Online: March 2016  |  DOI: 10.12973/edupij.2016.52.3

Adnan Ozbey, Hakan Saricam

Abstract

The principal objective of this study is to examine the relationship between human values and compassionate love of highly gifted students, and to make a comparison of the levels of compassionate love and human values between highly gifted students and their normal peers. One of the quantitative models, associative patterns, were implemented in this research. These are the models used for the determining of levels and the existence of change between two or more variables. With ease of accessibility, 8th grade normal students (N=200) from Balıkesir and Manisa (Turkey) and highly gifted students (N=200) of BILSEM were selected to gather data. 102 of the normal students were female, while 98 were male. 108 of the highly gifted students were female and 92 of them male. In this research, the Human Values Scale and Compassionate Love Scale were applied in order to determine levels of human values and compassionate love of the students. In conclusion, the highly gifted students were observed to have higher levels of human values than their normal peers, and to be more sensitive regarding love.

Keywords: human values, compassionate love, gifted /talented, student

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