This study obtained new empirical evidence on adolescent attitudes towards academic brilliance and identified some possible influences on these attitudes. The study is a systematic replication of a study by Tannenbaum 'Adolescent attitudes toward academic brilliance' (1962) and examines the effect of different cultural settings and time frames. Adolescent attitudes towards two types of high school students, one brilliant and the other average were compared. In addition, an examination was made as to whether different attitudes to each type of student are affected by ability characteristics, or by certain other personal attributes such as academic effort in school and athletic mindedness. The three way analysis of variance yielded statistically significant results. These results indicate a strong interactive effect and thus, how the attributes are blended becomes the determinant rather than the attribute itself.
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