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Research & Advocacy

By following the academic progress and careers of its members, SET's staff studies talent development and evaluates the effectiveness of various educational strategies and interventions in meeting the individual needs of exceptional youths. We hope to better understand the needs of highly able students and to identify effective ways for such individuals to meet those needs.

Current projects include studies of:  demographic trends of SET qualifiers over time; parenting styles and achievement motivation; stress among high school students; factors that affect career decision-making among college students; and SET students who are twice-exceptional. We are also working on locating SET alumni for a follow-up study of our oldest alumni who are now well-established in their careers. 

SET’s staff also disseminates its research findings and counseling model through presentations at national and international conferences, including the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC); the American Educational Research Association, the American Counseling Association; the European Council for High Ability; the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children; and state and local conferences. The staff have been active as volunteers in professional associations, and they engage in numerous activities as advocates for services for gifted students. Dr. Brody serves on the Maryland State Advisory Board for Gifted and Talented Children.

Selected publications about SET or its members include:

Additional publications by SET’s staff are included in CTY’s Research Bibliography

See also publications by the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth at Vanderbilt University for follow-up studies of students who qualified for SET in the early 1980s. Among these are: