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ERIC Number: EJ1024321
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-0278-3193
How Do Preservice Teachers Conceptualize Giftedness? A Metaphor Analysis
Olthouse, Jill
Roeper Review, v36 n2 p122-132 2014
One hundred twenty-four undergraduate education majors completed the phrase "a gifted student is ______ " using a metaphor and then explained their choice of metaphor. Qualitative metaphor analysis influenced by Dai's (2009) essential tensions determined that preservice teachers conceive of giftedness as rapid memorization of content knowledge and showy demonstrations of achievement. They believe that excellence is rare and that intelligence is generalizable. Responses were mixed as to whether giftedness is a natural state of being or a process of becoming gifted. There was very little evidence to suggest that preservice teachers focused on the motivational aspect of talent development or the notion that gifted students are likely popular with their peers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland; Pennsylvania; West Virginia