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Socioeconomic background

The term socioeconomic background refers to the social and economic aspects that can have an impact on a person’s life. These can include, for instance, the education level of parents, financial wealth, nationality, or sibling status.

Access to and successful participation in educational programs in Germany is particularly closely linked to a person’s socioeconomic background: Favorable conditions in this respect will increase the chances of a successful education, not so favorable conditions on the other hand will make this less likely. For this reason, the question of whether children and adolescents are from a lower or higher socioeconomic background is a key factor in discovering and supporting their giftedness—particularly also against the background of an educational system geared toward ability. This means that it is important, for the effective support of giftedness, to organize educational programs in such a way that particularly gifted people receive support regardless of their socioeconomic status.

The authors Nicole Miceli and Anne-Kathrin Stiller have developed this glossary together with the Fachportal Team. The glossary was translated by Daniel Shatwell and edited by Lisa Trierweiler.