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Willings, David – 1982
This manual outlines and explains procedures for conducting a study of the exact content and requirements of jobs in order to develop an information base for students to use in evaluating their suitability for given jobs. Addressed in the first half of the guide are the following topics: the meaning of the term job study, the image of a job,…
Descriptors: Career Choice, Data Collection, Definitions, Educational Needs
Willings, David – 1983
A follow-up study of 15 gifted individuals in England and Canada over a period of 10 years following their college graduation explored the following areas: family background; preceptions of school and college experiences; career choices; persistence of creative activities in adulthood; religious and political affiliations; personal relationships;…
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Creative Activities, Emotional Adjustment, Family Environment
Willings, David – 1983
The paper examines variables involved in creativity and suggests ways in which gifted adolescents may be helped to isolate conditions under which they get their best ideas. Among variables considered are the hypnagogic state (physical and mental condition just before sleep), the hynopompic state (physiological and mental condition upon awakening),…
Descriptors: Counseling Techniques, Creative Development, Creativity, Gifted
Willings, David – 1981
The author discusses problems of career choice and career development for all students and for gifted and talented students in particular. He reports on a followup study of 20 gifted students. Reasons for unsatisfactory career choices include false images of the job and hidden factors associated with the job. Gifted employees face numerous…
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Counseling, Career Development, Career Guidance
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Willings, David – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1983
Problems associated with career choice and development and unique pressures on gifted students are considered, along with suggestions for addressing these problems. The following problems may be encountered by the gifted: fear of failure, manager's resentment of the gifted person's ability, and frequent job changes in search of challenge and…
Descriptors: Career Choice, Elementary Secondary Education, Gifted, High Achievement
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Willings, David – Roeper Review, 1983
Gifted students can perform a variety of roles in groups, and it is important for career choice and satisfaction that the role chosen be a natural one. Gifted students may function best and contribute most in the role of exemplar or eccentric rather than in more traditionally conceived leadership roles. (CL)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Gifted, Group Dynamics, Leadership
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Willings, David – Roeper Review, 1983
The author fondly recalls an elementary school teacher in Britain during World War II who provided a differentiated curriculum to her three gifted students while also providing individualized instruction to the rest of the class. (CL)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Gifted, Individualized Instruction, Personal Narratives
Willings, David – Gifted Education International, 1998
Describes a study at the Willings Learning Clinic that analyzed the responses of 39 male students, 66 female students, 44 adult males, and 51 adult females to literature. Five styles of responding to literature are discussed: the analyzer, the picture maker, the reflector, the elaborator, and the internalizer. (CR)
Descriptors: Adults, Children, Foreign Countries, Gifted
Willings, David – Gifted Education International, 1992
This article describes common causes of burnout, the stages of burnout, and ways of preventing burnout. The article emphasizes the "paralyzed perfectionism" of highly able adults and children who initially were dedicated to reaching high-level goals and suggests keeping a daily Strategies Diary in which personal rewards and stresses are recorded…
Descriptors: Adults, Burnout, Children, Coping
Willings, David – Gifted Education International, 1988
Qualities of the creative mind are documented, including the ability to: let ideas come rather than chase after them, get in touch with the absurd, keep goals in sight, take ideas to the next stage, and have dialogue with intuitions. Inhibitors of creative growth include bottom-line thinking, cynicism, labeling, and outcome anxiety. (JDD)
Descriptors: Creative Development, Creative Thinking, Creativity, Individual Characteristics
Willings, David – Gifted Education International, 1987
The article identifies five modes of thinking--defensive, productive, adaptive, elaborative, and developmental. Case studies of artistic, creative writing illustrate the modes. A writing program designed to identify and develop these thinking modes is described. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Creative Writing, Creativity, Elementary Secondary Education
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Willings, David – Roeper Review, 1985
The article describes the Creative Inventory, a means of finding out the conditions under which creative potential is liberated. Exercises to discover these conditions are described and it is suggested that they can be beneficial for older children. (Author/CL)
Descriptors: Creative Development, Creativity, Elementary Secondary Education, Self Evaluation (Individuals)
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Willings, David – Roeper Review, 1985
Follow-up of 24 gifted students revealed that 16 had seriously contemplated suicide and that half of these 16 had made at least one attempt. The importance of career strategies as well a strategies for creative growth was emphasized. (CL)
Descriptors: Adults, Coping, Emotional Adjustment, Gifted
Willings, David – Gifted Education International, 1985
The article examines reasons why some teachers and parents may feel threatened by gifted children and why some exceptional pupils deliberately under-achieve. Discussion of the meaning of Creativity in terms of defensive, productive, adaptive, elaborative and developmental thinkers is followed by suggestions drawn from followup studies of…
Descriptors: College Students, Creative Thinking, Creativity, Gifted
Willings, David – 1984
Some problems encountered by gifted students in career counseling are discussed and a program, Enriched Career Search, is suggested for alleviating those problems. Noted among career search problems related to the gifted are career tests that are not geared to the multi-talented student's unconventional career aspirations and rejection of careers…
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Counseling, Career Exploration, Enrichment
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