Category: Poster

84 - Under-Represented Extracurricular Activities in Gifted Programs: How to Identify and Recruit Students

Saturday, Nov 11
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Students who become involved in extracurricular activities may make better decisions regarding their personal lives, have higher levels of academic achievement, become more invested in school, and pursue higher career goals in the future. Research examining the relationship between gifted children’s extracurricular activities, grades, Vocational Preference Inventory, and acceptance into a gifted program are discussed. Realistic, practical, affordable, and multicultural gifted profiling methods are reviewed, with specific detail given to students in under-represented extracurricular activities and techniques dedicated to the identification and promotion of their success.

Jonathan Huffman

Doctoral Student in Counseling Psychology
University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas

Mr. Jonathan Huffman is a second year doctoral student at the University of Kansas under the supervision of Dr. Barbara Kerr. He obtained a M.A. from Washburn University and has published in Flute Journals regarding performance enhancement and anxiety reduction for musicians. His current research focuses on creatively gifted adolescents, LGBTQ persons, and the influence of religion/spirituality on a variety of health related variables.

Barbara Kerr

Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Counseling Psychology
University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas

Barbara A. Kerr, Ph.D. is the Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Kansas. Her experience as a Post-Sputnik gifted kid led to a lifelong career in research into the development of talent and creativity. She founded laboratories for counseling gifted and creative students at four universities, including many research projects in gender equity for the National Science Foundation. Currently, she directs the Counseling Laboratory for the Exploration of Optimal States(CLEOS), where creative students learn to navigate the invisible pathways to creative careers, and is co-director of the Lawrence Creates Makerspace, where artists and technologists innovate together. She is the author of Smart Girls in the Twenty-First Century with Robyn McKay; Smart Girls, Gifted Women; The Encyclopedia of Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent; Major Works in Gifted and Talented Education; co-author with Sanford Cohn of Smart Boys; and has authored over a hundred other scholarly works in the her area. She is an American Psychological Association Fellow, and was named one of the twenty-five most influential psychologists in the study of giftedness by APA.