Research suggests that a Higher % of American university students think they are something special

Posted by Kendall Harmon

About nine million young people have filled out the American Freshman Survey, since it began in 1966.

It asks students to rate how they measure up to their peers in a number of basic skills areas - and over the past four decades, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of students who describe themselves as being "above average" for academic ability, drive to achieve, mathematical ability and self-confidence.

This was revealed in a new analysis of the survey data, by US psychologist Jean Twenge and colleagues.

Read it all from the BBC Magazine.

Follow up: An interesting ZDnet article on this is there.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchChildrenEducationMarriage & FamilyPsychologyYoung Adults* International News & CommentaryAmerica/U.S.A.

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