This study explored perceptions that school students in Years 4, 7 and 10 have of their high-achieving classmates in Australia, UK, Spain, Peru, Vietnam, and South Korea. Participating students were asked to complete a survey where they indicated their expectations of a fictitious new classmate with respect to the categories – intelligence, social competence, popularity. Besides cultural effects, differences concerning the gender of the participating students, the gender of the target students (fictitious high achieving students) and interaction effects were investigated. Furthermore, this research examined a correlation between a student’s beliefs in their own ability and learning goal orientation when it comes to accepting a classmate who is a high achiever.
If you are interested in this topic have a look at these publications:
Oh, H., Badia-Martín, M. d. M., Blumen, S., Maakrun, J., Nguyena, Q. A.-T., Stack, N., Sutherland, M., Wormald, C., & Ziegler, A. (2016). Motivational Orientations of High-Achieving Students as Mediators of a Positive Perception of a High-Achieving Classmate: Results from a Cross-national Study. Anales de Psicología, 32(3), 695-701. doi:10.6018/analesps.32.3.259451
Oh, H., Sutherland, M., Stack, N., Badia Martín, M. D. M., Blumen, S., Nguyen, Q. A., Wormald, C., Maakrun, J., & Ziegler, A. (2015). A cross-cultural study of possible iatrogenic effects of gifted education programs: Tenth graders' perceptions of academically high-performing classmates. High Ability Studies, 26(1), 152-166. doi:10.1080/13598139.2015.1044080
Oh, H., Sutherland, M., Stack, N., Badia, M. D. M., Blumen, S., Quoc, A. N., Wormald, C., Maakrun, J., Baier, B., Schmidt, M., & Ziegler, A. (2014). A cross-national comparison of school students’ perceptions regarding high performing peers. Turkish Journal of Giftedness and Education, 4(1), 10-23. http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2909&context=sspapers