Social and Emotional Development

Super Sunday Session

Credible Optimism About Underachievement: Change Can Happen

Sunday, November 12
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: 217 BC

Underachievement frustrates invested adults, and discussion about it is often discouraging. Too often, both adults and the students themselves assume a dismal future when gifted children and teens perform below expectations. But change can indeed happen—and does for many. Based on her 25 years of research and clinical work with underachievers, the presenter demonstrates new ways to interact with students who currently are not willing or able to invest academically. Learning about the relationship between developmental tasks and developmental stuckness, and how adults can employ a developmental approach, may shift perspectives toward hope and optimism.

Jean S. Peterson

professor emerita
Purdue University

Jean Peterson, Ph.D., professor emerita, Purdue University, has focused most of her research on gifted youth, often exploring their development longitudinally and qualitatively. She received 12 awards at Purdue, equally divided among research, teaching, and service, as well as nine national awards. She consults nationally and internationally, served two terms on the NAGC Board, and has authored well over 100 books, refereed articles, and invited chapters in her post-K12 second career, in addition to a multitude of nonrefereed, electronic, reprinted, or translated articles for professional organizations. She is a licensed school and mental health counselor, with considerable experience with gifted youth and their families.

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