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ERIC Number: ED514895
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Concern about Lost Talent: Support Document
Sikora, Joanna; Saha, Lawrence J.
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
This document was produced by the authors based on their research for the report "Lost talent? The occupational ambitions and attainments of young Australians", and is an added resource for further information. The purpose of this supplement is to provide greater detail about the background of research into the topic of human talent in society. This body of research has, at one time or another, focused on talent utilisation, but more often has been concerned with talent loss. The concern with lost talent has a long history. By the mid-20th century, researchers were already concerned about the many persons who were not attaining the level of their potential innate ability, whether it be students attending school or university, people obtaining relevant skills, or those attaining occupations. Much of this concern about talent loss was implicit in the theories of human capital and in the development of strategies (for example, the provision of education, health, and other basic human needs) to improve the productive performance of the reserves of talent of both individuals and societies (Becker 1975; Denison 1962; Woodhall 1994). Most of the early concerns about reserves of talent focused on the importance of material needs for talent utilisation, but it was McClelland (1961) who argued that social psychological variables, such as motivation and need for achievement, are also important factors in the development of human potential. The underutilisation of potential human resources has been seen to negatively affect both individuals and societies, particularly as technologies, organisations and economies become more complex. [For the main report, "Lost Talent? The Occupational Ambitions and Attainments of Young Australians", see ED514894.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Australian Department of Education, Science and Training
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Identifiers - Location: Australia; United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth; Program for International Student Assessment