ERIC Number: ED367099
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
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A Paradigm Shift from Giftedness-as-Potential to Giftedness-as-Possibility.
Sparks, Elizabeth E.
This hermeneutic, or interpretive, inquiry questions the historical cultural roots of the assumption that giftedness is defined in terms of essential properties that identify a select few children. It proposes, instead, a gifted way of life that is constituted by possibilities and is open to all persons. The hermeneutic paradigm of textual interpretation (in which the whole must be understood in terms of the parts and vice versa) is applied to a conversation with a 12-year-old gifted student interacting with an advanced text. Four possibilities for ontological giftedness are discussed: imagination, confusion, ignorance, and fusion of horizons. The familiar concepts of giftedness as high potential and gifted children as a civilization's treasure are challenged. The language arts are seen as a subject area in which any child can lose himself and find himself as a gifted human being. (Contains 30 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Gifted Education (4th, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, September 23-24, 1993).