1st Edition

Exceptionality in East Asia Explorations in the Actiotope Model of Giftedness

    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    The continual successes of students from East-Asia are confirmed in a variety of international tests of academic achievement and yet, despite this attainment, many scholars have realised that a substantial proportion of these students are also underachieving. 

    Using the actiotope model of giftedness to integrate a broad range of research, this innovative book features a number of chapters written by internationally recognised scholars in a frank and lively discussion about the origins of exceptionality in students from East Asia. With the actiotope model as the theoretical framework, the book distinguishes between trait models of giftedness and systems approaches to exceptionality. Breaking new ground in understanding the complex interactions between a learner’s environment, goals, intelligence and motivations in the development of their ever-expanding knowledge and skill set, this book will:

    • describe, with examples, a systems approach to the development of exceptionality, allowing educators and researchers the ability to track students with greater precision;
    • influence the means by which educators identify and support students with the potential for exceptional performance;
    • suggest possible reasons for the variability in the achievement of potentially gifted students;
    • provide strategies to support these students;
    • have a profound effect on the way that exceptionality and giftedness are defined and understood, not only in East Asia but also in the West.

    Covering issues that have firm theoretical foundations and which are based on cutting edge ideas, Exceptionality in East Asia has significant implications for gifted education and is essential reading for scholars, undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in the psychological and social basis of exceptionality.

    List of contributors  Foreword  Preface  1. The actiotope model of giftedness: An introduction to some central theoretical assumptions Albert Ziegler, Wilma Vialle, Bastian Wimmer  2. Talent Development as Adaption: The Role of Educational and Learning Capital Albert Ziegler & Joseph Baker  3. Confucianism, learning self-concept and the development of exceptionality Shane N. Phillipson  4. Pathways to Artistic Giftedness: Developmental Theory as a Complement to the Actiotope Model of Giftedness Marion Porath  5. Chinese Students and Mathematical Problem Solving: An Application of the Actiotope Model of Giftedness Rosemary Callingham  6. Intelligence and academic achievement – with a focus on the actiotope model of giftedness Aljoscha C. Neubauer  7. Goal orientations and the development of subjective action space in Chinese students Rebecca Wing-yi Cheng and Shane N. Phillipson  8. Social-emotional development of Chinese gifted students: A review based within the actiotope model of giftedness Mantak Yuen and Ricci W. Fong  9. The ‘Tiger Mother’ factor: Curriculum, schooling and mentoring of Asian students in an Australian context Wilma Vialle  10. Parental involvement within the actiotope model of giftedness: What it means for East-Asian students Sivanes Phillipson and Sin Yin Janet Yick  11. Support-oriented identification of gifted students in East Asia according to the actiotope model of giftedness Heidrun Stoeger  12. Twice-exceptional students with deafness or hard-of-hearing and giftedness Kevin C. P. Yuen  13. Gifted education policy and the development of exceptionality: A Hong Kong perspective Stephen D. Tommis and Shane N. Phillipson  14. The gifted and talented and effective learning: A Focus on the actiotope model of giftedness in the Asian context Dennis M McInerney


    Shane N. Phillipson, PhD, is Associate Professor and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia and previously at the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

    Heidrun Stoeger, PhD, is Chair Professor of Educational Sciences (School Research, School Development, and Evaluation) at Regensburg University, Germany. She is Vice President of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE) and Editor-in-Chief of High Ability Studies.

    Albert Ziegler, PhD, is the Secretary General of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE). He is Chair Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Editor-in-Chief of Talent Development & Excellence.