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ERIC Number: ED452067
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 24
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Actualizing Talent in Science: Case Studies of Finnish Olympians.
Tirri, Kirsi
This paper discusses the critical events in the personal and professional lives of Finnish Olympians that have helped them to actualize their talent in science. The data include quantitative data from 158 Finnish Olympians in math, physics, and chemistry. The qualitative data include twelve in-depth interviews of these Olympians and their curricula vitas. Half of these interviews (N=6) are with female Olympians who have chosen science as their career. Every female was chosen to have a male Olympian from the data that represented the same age group and professional orientation of the female. The females and males are compared together in order to find possible similarities and differences in events they have experienced in their personal and professional lives. The common factor that has contributed to the talent development of both females and males include strong inner drive in learning. The results reveal that the males have made their professional choices earlier than females. Furthermore, the males reported having more encouragement from their families and friends to choose a career in science. The case studies reveal some interesting gender differences in the talent development of gifted people in science. The results can be used to inform teachers and parents of possible gender biases at homes and schools. The paper suggests some concrete ways to encourage females to enter and remain in professional careers in science. (Contains 35 references.) (Author/ASK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland