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Out-of-school activities can play an important role in the life of gifted youth. Parents and gifted youth educators, challenged to meet the unique needs of students using established school curriculums, often turn to out-of-school programs to support the enrichment needs of gifted youth. Unfortunately, only sparse empirical data exist that directly examine the impact of out-of-school activities on gifted youth, although several guides to opportunities for out-of-school activities for gifted young people have been published, including Julia Roberts and Frances Karnes's Enrichment Opportunities for Gifted Learners. Existing research on development of non-gifted youth who participate in out-of-school activities, however, provides compelling evidence for the benefits of participation in these activities for gifted youth; out-of-school activities can provide ideal conditions and opportunities to facilitate and meet ...

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