Gifted adolescents : addressing the 'Who Am I?' question

Dillon, Lisette (2011) Gifted adolescents : addressing the 'Who Am I?' question. Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 20(1), pp. 28-36.


Despite the complication giftedness can add to the task of developing a personal sense of self during early adolescence little qualitative study is done with this group. This paper reports on a study that invited gifted young adolescents to author about their perceptions of themselves and their lives. The study used digital writing in the form of journal entries delivered by email to generate personal narratives from 12 participants over a 6 month period. With the researcher acting as an empathic listener/responder participants were supported in the expression of their thoughts and observations as authors about themselves and their lives. Findings suggest that the opportunity to self-reflect and to self express in the form of digital writing can offer a positive pathway to growth in self-understanding among gifted young adolescents. Furthermore, the involvement of an adult as an interested and responsive listener in an email relationship appears to facilitate a synergy for healthy self-disclosure.

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ID Code: 42529
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: gifted, young adolescents, email , journals, identity
ISSN: 1323-9686
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented
Deposited On: 12 Jul 2011 01:12
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2011 00:22

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