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Guided Passion Projects: A Strength-Based Approach to Gifted Pedagogy

Guided Passion Projects: A Strength-Based Approach to Gifted Pedagogy
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Author(s): Lynne F. Henwood (FlexSchool Cloud Campus, USA)
Copyright: 2024
Pages: 19
Source title: Practices That Promote Innovation for Talented Students
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Julia Nyberg (Purdue University Global, USA)and Jessica A. Manzone (Northern Arizona University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-5806-8.ch005


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The Guided Passion Project (GPP) embraces a student-centered, strength-based approach to learning. The GPP is a vehicle for talent development. Gifted and twice-exceptional students tend to have very specific interests and can verbalize complex ideas, but often lack the time and space to develop them into a viable, authentic product. The secondary goal of the Guided Passion Project is the organic development of executive functioning skills. When students are invested in self-chosen, authentic projects that are aligned with their strengths and interests, the impetus to set goals, initiate tasks, and persevere is much stronger. As students begin to witness their own progress, their self-efficacy builds. Through scaffolded metacognitive practices and constructive feedback from their guides and peers, students reflect on and revise their work while learning that multiple failures are an essential part of eventual success. Students who previously did not feel that they had been able to move from the ideation phase to a final product have now proven that they are capable of success.

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