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Who decides what giftedness is?
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Lifelong learning/Encell. (Lifelong learning/Encell)
2013 (English)In: International Journal for Talent Development and Creativity, ISSN 2291-7179, Vol. 1, no 2, p. -40Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Who, rather than what, decides what giftedness is? The academic world traditionally focuses on theoretical descriptors whereas society as a whole is more interested in practical function. This partly divided focus is becoming increasingly critical and problematic as economies are becoming global and the political objective is to create a knowledge economy. High-achieving and creative individuals are becoming key individuals in making the emerging global economy possible. In the wake of this development follows a shift from theoretical understandings of giftedness to a focus on what the gifted and talented can actually do. There are therefore a number of deciding factors in defining what giftedness is: academic concerns and practical concerns as defined by society. Within each social group with various vested interests in high ability are individuals promoting and defending their own agenda for a number of reasons, prompted unaware by human nature. Whoever has dominance in any social context also reserves the right to definition of how to understand giftedness and talent irrespective of whether such a definition is scientifically right or wrong. In concluding the article, the current state of affairs in the light of the global superculture and its constituting knowledge economy is discussed.

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2013. Vol. 1, no 2, p. -40
Keywords [en]
Giftedness, talent, giftedness construct, dogmatism, human nature, aggression, knowledge monopoly, social function, global economy, knowledge economy, superculture, ethnic culture, human prospect
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Psychology Sociology Educational Sciences Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-23479OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-23479DiVA, id: diva2:696756
Available from: 2014-02-15 Created: 2014-02-15 Last updated: 2018-09-13

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