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A Love for Learning: Motivation and the Gifted Child / Edition 1

A Love for Learning: Motivation and the Gifted Child / Edition 1

by Carol Strip Whitney, Gretchen Hirsch


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ISBN-13: 9780910707800
Publisher: Great Potential Press, Inc.
Publication date: 06/28/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 262
Sales rank: 1,322,275
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Section I: The Seeds of Motivation
Chapter 1. The Turn-Off Effect
Chapter 2. A 360 Motivation
Section II: When Motivation Disappears: Looking for Causes
Chapter 3. Physical Reasons for Loss of Motivation
Chapter 4: Emotional Reasons for Loss of Motivation
Chapter 5: Social Reasons for Loss of Motivation
Chapter 6: School Reasons for Loss of Motivation
Section III: Enhancing Motivation
Chapter 7: The Four C's in Action
Chapter 8: Creating Challenge
Chapter 9: Creating Control
Chapter 10: Creating Commitment
Chapter 11: Creating Compassion
Section IV: Special Issues in Motivation
Chapter 12: The Classroom that Works
Chapter 13: Motivating Every Student--Who's in the Classroom?
Chapter 14: Questions and Answers
Chapter 15: Parent to Parent: A Story of Hope
Additional Resources for Parents and Teachers
About the Authors

What People are Saying About This

Chris Kaczanowski

"I think Dr. Strip Whitney has written another winning title in A Love for Learning. She is clear, concise, and speaks to many of the issues parents encounter in attempting to address motivational issues with their children. I wish I had the benefit of this book five years ago. It would have saved me a lot of anguish and misunderstanding. Thank you Dr. Whitney."--(Chris Kaczanowski, Grosse Pointe Association for Gifted Children)

Jerald Grobman

"An excellent, comprehensive guide to all aspects of motivation in children, including those who are gifted."--(Jerald Grobman, M.D., Psychiatrist and author, Underachievement in Exceptionally Gifted Adolescents and Young Adults

Shelley Ackerman Hirsch

"A Love for Learning brilliantly illuminates why gifted children lose motivation and how to rekindle that lost enthusiasm."--(Shelley Ackerman Hirsch, J.D., Parent of gifted children and Board Member, Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented)

Joanne Rand Whitmore Schwartz

"An outstanding resource for both parents and teachers... to guide the optimal development of your child."--(Joanne Rand Whitmore Schwartz, Ph.D., Former Dean of the College of Education, Kent State University, and author of the classic book, Giftedness, Conflict, and Underachievement)

Jacquelyn Drummer

"(A Love for Learning) could easily be a primer in gifted education, as well as a must-have for parents, grandparents, and teachers of gifted children. It was well-researched, well-written, and deserves a place on your bookshelf."--(Jacquelyn Drummer, Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted)


This book is an outstanding resource for both parents and teachers that will empower them to enhance the motivation and academic achievement of gifted and talented students. Basing their work on solid research findings, the authors have translated a well-substantiated body of knowledge into practical ways of understanding and working with motivational issues that many intellectually gifted students experience. Most of us have general knowledge of what to expect of children at various ages and how to best guide their development, but information to help us understand those who deviate significantly from what is typical is often difficult to acquire. It seems that the educational needs of disabled students are more easily recognized and better served than those who are exceptional at the other end of the continuum of abilities--the gifted. And the gifted population presents more diversity and individuality than any other group, making it more challenging to gain the understanding essential to both effective parenting and teaching.

When parents and teachers share an accurate understanding of a child and commit to providing the most advantageous educational opportunities for him or her, the power of a partnership advocating for that child is released to make an optimal educational program possible. Such a partnership dramatically increases the possibility of making wise choices in the child's educational plan, program options, and selection of a school. Those decisions, now more available than ever to parents, have a profound impact on the motivation of gifted students to participate fully and to achieve academically.

(Foreword by Joanne Rand Whitmore Schwartz, Ph.D.,Former Dean, College of Education, Kent State University, Kent, OH)

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Carol Strip Whitney and Gretchen Hirsch have done an exceptional job at outlining major and minor impediments to motivation in their book, A Love For Learning Motivation and the Gifted Child. A key line in the preface is, ¿Gifted children can and do learn everywhere the trick is to maintain their motivation to learn in school.¿ Gifted underachievement is a widespread problem. Too few gifted children are adequately challenged and taught how to strive and work toward appropriate goals. This is a guidebook that all teachers and parents should read. There are many reasons that children may lose their desire to succeed. This book makes sense of motivational roadblocks and includes techniques for stimulating gifted minds. Any school should be able to put a few of these ideas into place with a modest amount of effort. A Love for Learning is not light reading. While it is written in language any lay person can understand, topics are explored in depth. A total of 15 chapters focus on themes such as physical reasons for loss of motivation 'vision or hearing problems, learning disabilities, etc.', emotional reasons for loss of motivation, creating challenge, and the classroom that works. Each chapter ends in a brief summary. According to the authors, there are approximately three million gifted children in the United States. Sadly, we have very few educators trained to work with this population. The advent of No Child Left Behind legislation has pushed the interests of gifted children to the back burner. Teachers and administrators are required to do all that they can to ensure that the students at the lower end of the spectrum achieve a minimum level of competency. Federal funding is tied to raised test scores. Students who are already at or above the minimum standards are often forced to sit through repetitive drills and test preparation. Obviously, this is not the best educational situation for a child who is academically gifted. Such a poor fit with classroom activities is one reason that a child may lose motivation. I encourage you to read A Love for Learning to discover other root causes and find practical methods to reestablish a commitment to learning.