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4.5.6 Reading fiction as existential inspiration for the gifted

Gifted students often think and feel in different ways than other students. Existential philosophy can be one way that can direct gifted individuals to reach their potential. Engaging in reading literature provides rich content and context that can provide inspiration for the gifted. Gifted students have shared how reading novels helps them in making choices, finding purpose, and being responsible for their lives. This presentation provides information about how gifted students gain existential inspiration from reading fiction.

Author(s):

Paula Christensen
christensen@nsula.edu
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
United States

Dr. Paula Christensen is an Associate Professor at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in Natchitoches. She teaches graduate courses at NSU in gifted education, counseling, and student affairs in higher education. She is a National Certified Counselor with a strong background in counseling with gifted children and adults and teaching middle school gifted students. Dr. Christensen has also engaged in research studies regarding the processes of gifted students reaching their potential. Her passion for reading and for gifted students has led to a wonderful blending of studying both.

 

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