How high ability students perceived the practice of influential teachers

  • Jenny Horsley


In 2005, acting on advice received from the Scholarship Reference Group, the New Zealand government introduced re-designed New Zealand Qualifications Authority Scholarship Awards. One goal of these awards was to help motivate students to strive to develop and display excellence. Distribution was aimed at approximately 3 percent of students studying at Level 3 National Certificate of Educational Achievement with this proportion consistent with the level many consider to be ‘gifted and talented’ learners. This article identifies secondary school students’ perceptions of those factors they perceive to have facilitated their success in New Zealand Qualifications Authority Scholarship. Results show that effective teachers of gifted students demonstrate personal and professional characteristics that facilitate high academic success.


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Jenny Horsley
How to Cite
HORSLEY, Jenny. How high ability students perceived the practice of influential teachers. The New Zealand Annual Review of Education, [S.l.], n. 19, july 2009. ISSN 1178-3311. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 25 oct. 2020. doi:


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