Smart Girls: A New Psychology of Girls, Women and Giftedness / Edition 1

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Why do gifted and talented girls so often fail to realize their potential as they reach adolescence and adulthood? This outstanding book summarizes research on gifted girls, presents biographies of eminent women and examines the current educational and family milieu. From this, Dr. Kerr gives practical advice to parents, teachers and policy-makers about ways to help gifted girls reach their potential. Bright women who read this book will see themselves and their issues and will find it very helpful. This is the third edition of Dr. Kerr's powerful book. Features: Helps parents, educators and counselors understand and guide gifted and talented girls. Presents a twenty-year follow-up research project on "Sputnik-era" gifted girls. Contains biographies of eminent women and the experiences that shaped them. Discusses internal and external barriers to women's achievement. Highlights particular issues for gifted minority girls and women. Describes successful academic programs. Over 80,000 copies of the current and prior editions have been sold.

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Editorial Reviews

SWE Magazine
Anyone who works with, teaches, cares about, or raises young girls (and young women) should read this book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780910707268
  • Publisher: Great Potential Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,463,699
  • Age range: 5 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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Smart Girls (Revised Edition)- A New Psychology of Girls, Women, and Giftedness builds on theories and findings of research to create a portrait of gifted girls and women, incorporating new theories and research findings. Chapters One and Two describe my ten-year follow-up study of my former classmates, all graduates of the program supposedly designed to train us as "Leaders of Tomorrow." Four patterns of development emerged from this small group: full-time homemaking, in which half of the women were engaged; traditional female occupations, another quarter; dual career couples, only a few; and single professional career women, also just a few.

The third chapter explores the lives and goals of the gifted women twenty years after graduation. A much more complex categorization was now needed, for while some women had continued as before, others had radically transformed their lives; and a new group had emerged, the "overwhelmed," who were having difficulty with the most basic issues of survival and sanity...

The new material in the last three chapters not only incorporates the new knowledge on gifted girls and women; it also includes guidance strategies which will help prepare gifted girls for life in the next century. Described are practical programs for gifted girls that have had an impact on math anxiety, inadequate career aspirations, and low self-esteem. A few of the more recent workshops discussed here were based on findings and suggestions presented in Smart Girls, Gifted Women. Finally, there are specific suggestions for parents of gifted girls and for gifted women, and a set of guidelines for helping gifted girls "from preschool toprofessional school"--or to anywhere else that their sense of mission and meaning might take them....
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Tomorrow: A Retelling
Chapter 2 Leaders of Tomorrow
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5 What They Tell Us
Chapter 6: The Gifted Girl
Chapter 7 the Gifted Girl
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11 and Women
Chapter 12 with Specific Extraordinary Talents
Chapter 13-Actualization Optional?
Chapter 14 Stood the Test of Time
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Appendix- Questions & Answers
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2004

    From Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    As I am a 'gifted girl' in adolescence, my mother is forever buying books about how to identify and parent them. When she came home with this one and didn't begin it within the day, I began it for her -- having this insatiable urge to read any book I see lying around for too long, and also because I enjoy reading things that usually do not describe me or my experiences very accurately. However, this book fit me almost to the T. I was amazed at how well it described me, both as I used to be and as I see myself in the future, not to mention my inner thoughts and feelings about being a gifted girl. Whether you are a parent looking for a tool to help you with your gifted daughter(s), or an adolescent girl like me who enjoys reading gender-related psychology, this book will be invaluable to understanding what it means to be a 'gifted girl.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2001

    Should be required reading for all females

    I bought this book because I am very interested in the different ways in which males and females deal with challenges, both at school and as adults in the workplace. I saw myself in this book many times, in Kerr's descriptions of herself and her classmates. I now realize the traits I need to foster to keep me successful in life, and to nurture my ambition. I learned that ambition is not a 'non-feminine' trait, and I now understand why I felt my failures were personal failures and why successes were just luck, because this is what society in America reinforces. Also, the biographies of successful (prominent) women were excellent. We need more role models and Kerr provides them. Thanks very much to Barbara Kerr for writing this important book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2000

    An Excellent Book For Women of Every Age

    Kerr gives new insight and offers practical ideas for parents, teachers, and counselors. An important work!

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