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Nurturing the Gifted Female
A Guide for Educators and Parents

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June 2008 | 144 pages | Corwin

"Navan's insightful description and analysis of giftedness provides those of us who teach, mentor, and parent girls and young women with a road map to recognize and support their achievement and development. The stories, which describe girls and young women from a variety of backgrounds, are a pleasure to read."
—Renee Campoy, Interim Assistant Dean
College of Education, Murray State University

Discover research-based approaches that support the academic and personal development of gifted female students!

Research shows that gifted girls, in general, are underserved and their talents underidentified. This insightful resource helps educators discover and strengthen gifted female students' potential and promote their healthy intellectual, psychological, and emotional growth.

Each chapter examines a different aspect of female development, provides a reflective exercise for applying the material to professional practice, and presents helpful strategies for teachers, counselors, and parents. The book covers

  • Psychological and emotional characteristics of giftedness
  • Cognitive, behavioral, and environmental factors affecting gifted girls' development
  • Issues of resilience, self-efficacy, self-agency, and personal ethics
  • The importance of supportive teacher interventions and parent advocacy

This vital guide also includes appendices of mentoring programs, curriculum enhancers, Web resources, and research on the importance of fostering female gifted education, giving voice to gifted females and their unique developmental needs.


 
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Introduction: Gifted Voices
 
2. Giftedness: A Qualitative Difference
 
3. The Gifted Female
 
4. Voice
 
5. The Resilient Self
 
6. Autonomy and Affiliation
 
7. Achieving Efficacy
 
8. Agency: The Destination
 
9. Conclusion: A Celebration of the Female Spirit
 
Resources
 
Appendix A: The Voices: Participants on the Journey
 
Appendix B: Learning Log Template
 
References
 
Index

"A nice addition to the literature on gifted youth. It cites a growing concern over the disengagement of young gifted girls and offers realistic strategies to support and nurture them throughout their educational career."

Richard M. Cash, Director of Gifted and Talented Programs
Bloomington Public Schools, MN

"The examples through stories are a major strength. I hope this book inspires teachers to see the giftedness in all children, nurture their voices, and help them develop to their fullest potential."

Rosemary Traoré, Assistant Professor
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

“Navan’s insightful description and analysis of giftedness provides those of us who teach, mentor, and parent girls and young women with a road map to recognize and support their achievement and development. The stories, which describe girls and young women from a variety of backgrounds, are a pleasure to read.”

Renee Campoy, Interim Assistant Dean
College of Education, Murray State University
Key features
  • Practical advice and ways to enhance "female voices" that will be outlined in bullets, steps, rubrics, etc.
  • Convincing vignettes and examples of many dilemmas that gifted girls undergo
  • Back appendices of mentoring programs, curriculum enhancers, and web resources aimed at further enrichment
  • Strong research on the importance to foster female gifted education

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