This research explored the experiences of gifted girls transitioning from elementary school to sixth and seventh grade. The current literature indicates that gifted girls often struggle emotionally during this transition. Seven research participants were selected and interviewed over a four-month period. Grounded theory methodology was used to analyze data, generate subsequent interview questions, and build theory. This study indicated that these gifted girls transition was facilitated by their strong identities, which enabled them to balance their social and academic lives. Their strong identities allowed them to choose strategies that helped them build connections with both gifted and nongifted peers. These relationships contributed significantly to their sense of self, and in turn supported their transition experiences.
Gifted Girls, Middle School Girls, Identity Development, Gifted Girls Development, and Grounded Theory Girls
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Pepperell, J. L., & Rubel, D. J. (2009). The Experience of Gifted Girls Transitioning from Elementary School to Sixth and Seventh Grade: A Grounded Theory. The Qualitative Report, 14(2), 341-360. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol14/iss2/8