Popular culture is recognised as having an influence on young people but its impact on the talent development of adolescent rural gifted girls is underresearched. While models of female talent development define the personal attributes and environmental elements that consistently influence gifted women's lives, no existing models have explicitly addressed the impact of popular culture, or rurality, on the talent development process. The research that was the basis of this chapter showcased the voices of adolescent gifted girls from a rural setting in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, speaking on this topic. Gagné's (2008) work framed this examination of the catalysts and impacts within their lives. The girls involved in this study described popular culture as being both supportive and disruptive. Two key responses emerged: a literal, uncritical response that built connections with peers; and a critical response regarding stereotypes in media images. For these girls, popular culture was a source of information and a guide to lifestyle; the research suggested that despite the challenges its presence creates in their lives, it could be used judiciously to support talent development.
|Title of host publication||Giftedness and talent|
|Subtitle of host publication||Australasian perspectives|
|Editors||Nadine Ballam, Roger Moltzen|
|Place of Publication||Singapore|
|Number of pages||25|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Nov 2017|