ERIC Number: EJ1019620
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
The Need for a Culturally Relevant Approach to Gifted Education: The Case of Cyprus
Ieridou, Alexandra N.
Journal for the Education of the Gifted, v36 n3 p323-345 Sep 2013
This article presents an overview of the status of gifted education in Cyprus and argues for the need for a culturally relevant approach. First, the history of education in Cyprus is briefly reviewed. Then, past unsuccessful efforts to provide education for academically advanced students in the public elementary schools are critically examined. This is followed by a discussion of the current interest around the issue. Then, the need for a culturally relevant approach is presented as a solution to the paradox demanding special provisions while resisting the foreign educational practices that were introduced for this purpose. The idea of gifts and talents in the Greek culture is explored, presenting a person-centered philosophy that is compatible with the local social ethos. Finally, the current educational reality is examined against this person-centered belief, including a discussion of the inclusion movement and the barriers to the accommodation of the diversity of students' abilities.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academically Gifted, Culturally Relevant Education, Educational History, Cultural Differences, Educational Philosophy, Parents, Parent Role, Educational Policy, Teacher Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Cyprus
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