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Who decides what giftedness is?: On the dilemma of researching and educating the gifted mind in the light of culture, political ambition, and scientific dogma.
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Lifelong learning/Encell.
2013 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
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 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 conclusion the current state of affairs in the light of the global superculture and its constituting knowledge economy is discussed.

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Giftedness, talent, giftedness contruct, dogmatism, human nature, aggression, knowledge monopoly, social function, global economy, knowledge economy, superculture, ethnic culture, human prospect
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Psychology Pedagogy Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-21682OAI: diva2:637041
The Twentieth World Conference on Gifted and Talented Children, Louisville, KY, USA, 10-14 August 2013

This is an invited Keynote Address to the 20ieth WCGTC Conference, Louisville, KY, USA, 10-14 August 2013.

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