Smart girls in the media: The impact of popular culture on the development of adolescent rural gifted girls' identity and subsequent talent development

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGiftedness and talent
    Subtitle of host publicationAustralasian perspectives
    EditorsNadine Ballam, Roger Moltzen
    Place of PublicationSingapore
    PublisherSpringer
    Chapter14
    Pages305-329
    Number of pages25
    Edition1st
    ISBN (Electronic)9789811067013
    ISBN (Print)9789811067006
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 01 Nov 2017

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