Friday, April 23, 2010

Book Review; A Love of Learning

My parent book club recently read the book A Love of Learning: Motivation and the Gifted Child by Carol Strip Whitney, Ph.D. and Gretchen Hirsch, available from Great Potential Press.

We had mixed feelings. If you surveyed the group at the end, I think you would have found a general feeling of the book not being quite what it promised. I'll break it down by the pros and cons.

  • The first section what great. I really enjoyed the research on historical factors for motivation and gleaned a great deal of insight on how culture and families can encourage and instill motivation.
  • The book gave an excellent overview of giftedness which would be particularly helpful for those unschooled in it.
  • The book gave practical, though very general, suggestions for ways to understand and help with motivation.
  • The book did not provide enough examples or enough ideas to be truly helpful.
  • There was a lack of information provided for creating motivation as opposed to regaining it. Several parents mentioned that their children did ever appear to have been motivated, so this was an area they were particularly hoping the book would address.
  • The book was too general without enough specifics.
Overall, I would recommend this book as an introduction to understanding gifted students and their unique problems with motivation. This book was definitely geared at students currently in a regular education environment and is less applicable to students in a gifted program setting.

You should consider purchasing this book if you want a broad understanding of challenges your child feels, or as a gift for a regular education teacher or new gifted coordinator.

Have you read the book? What are your thoughts?

Next up for the book club: Living With Intensity, also available from Great Potential Press.

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