The effective education of gifted children is one of the most significant challenges facing educational systems in many countries around the world, made particularly difficult by the forces of globalization. Conceptions of Giftedness describes the unique and varied ways cultures conceive of giftedness. As language influences perception, different ideas of giftedness may embody different ways of thinking, especially in the areas of creativity and problem solving. This important new volume in special education encourages the understanding, appreciation, and preservation of our “intellectual diversity.”
Contributing authors to this book are authorities in the field of gifted education, and represent a range of languages and cultures, including Western, Chinese, Japanese, Australian Aboriginal and Malay cultures. Each chapter describes giftedness from one cultural perspective within the global context, resulting in both local and global educational implications.
Conceptions of Giftedness appeals to an international audience, and will serve as a primary and/or secondary resource for scholars, teachers, and undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in gifted education. Its distinctive universal perspective will attract sociolinguists and anthropologists, as well as educators.
Contents: Preface. Foreword. S.N. Phillipson, A Framework for the Study of Sociocultural Perspectives of Giftedness. J. Chan, Giftedness and China’s Confucian Heritage. A. Ziegler, H. Stoeger, The Germanic View of Giftedness. U. Anuruthwong, Thai Conceptions of Giftedness. H. Begay, C.J. Maker, When Geniuses Fail—Na-Dene’ (Navajo) Conception of Giftedness in the Eyes of the Holy Deities. B. Wong-Fernandez, Ma. A. Bustos-Orosa, Conceptions of Giftedness Among Tagalog-Speaking Filipinos. K. Gibson, W. Vialle, The Australian Aboriginal View of Giftedness. E. Mpofu, C. Ngara, E. Gudyanga, Constructions of Giftedness Among the Shona of Central-Southern Africa. S. Phillipson, Towards an Understanding of a Malay Conception of Giftedness. U. Sak, Giftedness and the Turkish Culture. J. Šefer, Slavic Conceptions of Giftedness and Creativity. N. Matsumura, Giftedness in the Culture of Japan. S.B. Kaufman, R.J. Sternberg, Giftedness in the Euro-American Culture. M. McCann, Such Is Life…in the Land Down Under: Conceptions of Giftedness in Australia. J. Campbell, D. Eyre, The English Model of Gifted and Talented Education: Policy, Context, and Challenges. S.N. Phillipson, M. McCann, Meta-Theoretical Conceptions of Giftedness.