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ERIC Number: EJ1137995
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Equity and Excellence: Political Forces in the Education of Gifted Students In The United States and Abroad
Brown, Elissa F.; Wishney, Leigh R.
Global Education Review, v4 n1 p22-33 2017
Divisive rhetoric and heated political discourse surround the identification and education of gifted students and lead to opposing philosophical issues of egalitarianism versus elitism. Researchers have long chronicled the ambivalence in the United States over the concepts of giftedness and intellectual talent (Benbow & Stanley, 1996; see also Gallagher & Weiss, 1979). Gallagher (2005) suggested that the two predominant social values reflected in American education are equity and excellence: "The dual and desirable educational goals of student 'equity' and student 'excellence' have often been in a serious struggle for scarce resources. Student equity ensures all students a fair short a good education. Student excellence promises every student the right to achieve as far and as high as he or she is capable. Because the problems of equity have greater immediacy than does the long-term enhancement of excellence, this struggle has often been won by equity." (Gallagher, 2005, p. 32). The ebbs and flows of public perceptions of equity and excellence and political and historical events have significantly impacted the evolution of the field of gifted education in the United States and abroad. In order to understand these influences on the respective "outlier" student, it's important to consider the context of the country, significant events, overall educational reform efforts and the implications on the education of gifted students. This article provides a backdrop of the United States' ambivalence towards gifted education as well as provides an overview of a sample of countries as frames of reference. Implications for policy and practice are discussed.
Descriptors: Equal Education, Excellence in Education, Gifted, Political Influences, Advantaged, Talent, Social Values, Resource Allocation, Educational Resources, Special Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Change, Politics of Education, Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Educational Policy, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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