Conceptual Foundations


Gifted Kids and Adversity: What Should We Understand?

Saturday, November 11
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: 203 B

Both gifted achievers and gifted underachievers may experience adversity, and characteristics associated with giftedness may affect how they experience extremely difficult circumstances. Adversity may contribute to resilience and even achievement, but it may also affect behavior, motivation, and well-being negatively. Regardless, it should not preclude learning with intellectual peers. Based on their combined research and clinical work, the presenters challenge common conceptions of giftedness and assumptions about both adversity and giftedness and offer guidelines for interacting with students who struggle. This examination of the giftedness-adversity intersection offers contemporary perspectives that might broaden philosophical foundations and services.

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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Thomas P. Hébert

University of South Carolina

Thomas P. Hébert, Ph.D., is Professor of Gifted and Talented Education in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Hébert has more than a decade of K-12 classroom experience working with gifted students and 20 years in higher education training graduate students and educators in gifted education. He has also conducted research for the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT). He served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). Hébert is the author of Understanding the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Students.


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