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Karnes Revises Guide on Leadership, Co-Authors Book Chapter PDF Print E-mail
Monday, November 02, 2009
Contact David Tisdale - 601.266.4499   

Dr. Frances Karnes, distinguished professor of curriculum, instruction and special education at the University of Southern Mississippi, and Dr. Suzanne Bean, professor emeritus of education at Mississippi University for Women, have revised their book “Leadership for Students: A Guide for Young Leaders.”

The book includes positive ideas and activities to help students discover their leadership abilities through exploration of ideas and encourage critical thinking about leadership; including how to conduct a survey on the characteristics of being a good leader; organizing a debate on leadership; interviewing community leaders; and developing and implementing a plan for becoming a leader.

Students will find guidance and advice that emphasize leadership skills in a variety of settings, including in the classroom, social activities and the community.  It also has real-life stories about students taking on leadership positions. The book’s Leadership Action Journal allows students to record their thoughts and actions as they develop their leadership skills.

Karnes has also co-authored a chapter for the International Handbook on Giftedness with her former student Dr. Kristen Stephens, an assistant professor of the practice program in education at Duke University, titled “Legal and the Gifted.” The chapter focuses on many areas involved in mediation, due process, and court cases within gifted education.

For more information on these publications, contact the Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at 601.266.5236; for more information about the center and its programs, online visit

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