Exploring the lived experiences of young people who are gifted and who come from financially challenging backgrounds may provide insights that lead to effective interventions which enable the potential of this group of individuals to be fully realised.
This paper describes the author’s personal experience as a child identified as gifted at school and growing up in a low-income family.
It illustrates the impact of a specific and damaging mindset on achievement, attitudes, and actions. Aspects of risk and resilience are explored briefly.
Finally, three significant implications for educators and other professionals are identified.
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