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ERIC Number: ED427267
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Career Counseling for Gifted Students: Literature Review and Critique.
Wessel, Laura Elizabeth
Career counseling for gifted students has proven problematic because traditional methods of career assessment are not appropriate for use with this population. During the last decade, research regarding career counseling for gifted individuals has focused on three areas: multipotentiality, values-based career counseling and assessment, and special populations, such as females and minorities. Literature from each of these areas is reviewed and a critique of the current research available regarding each topic is offered. Suggestions for future research are provided. Multipotentiality research has shown that the ability to succeed in a variety of career paths can make a gifted student's career selection problematic, and that they often choose career paths on the basis of salary and employment opportunity rather than expertise. Validity of the concept of multipotentiality is also at issue. Traditional career interest profiles often result in a "high-flat" profile, which is not helpful to the student. Recent values-based counseling research has many flaws in design. Gifted females and minorities face special barriers that have yet to be fully addressed by empirical studies. Although researchers have identified barriers such as role stereotyping, they have yet to develop solutions. Meanwhile, gifted students have too many options and too little guidance; role models are needed. (Author/EMK)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A