Comparison of Academic Performance of Talented, Honor and Regular Postgraduate Students at Shahid Beheshti University

Document Type : Scientific - Research


1 Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership & Development, Faculty of Education & Psychology, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran.

2 Master of Arts in Higher Education Management and Planning, Faculty of Education & Psychology, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran.


Purpose: Offering facilities to gifted, talented and honor students has been considered by laws in Iran and various institutions and organization such as universities have been required to provide facilities and services to these individuals. As a result, it is necessary to study performance of gifted and talented as an outputs of recruitment and selection system. The Purpose of the research is comparison of academic performance of talented, honor and regular post graduate students at Shahid Beheshti University. Academic performance is divided in to three parts: educational performance(GPA), research performance and academic promotion performance
Materials and methods: This study is retrospective. Data were collected by researcher made questionnaire and, analyzed by SPSS. Also, the majority of student’s GPA were obtained through the Department of Education and were analyzed as well.
The results: Result of Independent T test show significant differences between talented, honor students and regular students in educational and research performance. Talented and honor students had better performance. In academic promotion wasn’t significant difference between two groups. Results of one-way ANOVA showed significant differences between the grade point average of talented and honor students with regular students at science, humanities and engineering faculties. Between GPA of talented and honor students of engineering and regular students of humanities weren’t significant difference in GPA. Conversely, the only significant difference in research performance was between talented and honor engneering and humanities students with regular humanities students. In other words, the research performance of talented and honor students at humanities and engineering faculties was better than regular humanities students. Results showed no difference in academic promotion between faculties.
Results and discussion: Although, the performance comparison between two groups of talented, honor and regular students showed that talented and honor students were better in research and educational performances, comparison between faculties demonstrated that there were no differences between talented, honor and regular students at engineering and science faculties in research performance. There was no difference between two groups of talented, honor and regular students in academic promotion between faculties.


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