ERIC Number: ED249728
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
The Three Ring Conception of Giftedness: A Developmental Model for Creative Productivity.
Renzulli, Joseph S.
The paper examines the nature of giftedness. Part I reviews enduring questions and sources of controversy in the search for the meaning of giftedness, including the purpose for defining giftedness, difficulties with isolating a unitary definition of giftedness, and the distinction between gifted and potentially gifted persons. Part II describes research studies underlying a "three-ring" conception of giftedness: above-average ability, task commitment, and creativity. A definition of gifted behavior based on research conclusions and generalization is then offered. A review of research carried out on school programs using an identification system based on the three ring conception is also presented. The final section further analyzes the three ring concept by answering questions frequently asked by scholars and practitioners regarding this approach to a conception of giftedness, including such issues as the constancy and proportion of the rings. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).