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ERIC Number: EJ1149303
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1533-2276
Critique of "A Quality of Giftedness"
Harris, Carole Ruth
Gifted and Talented International, v27 n2 p57-58 2012
This article addresses giftedness in the context of individual response that emerges as a quality of gifted as differentiated from that which is measurable. The author recounts examples that reflect insight rather than those that simply produce correctness and proficiency. With reference to Gunnar Myrdal, she discusses this difference as a special, unusual quality that sets it apart even while it defies exact definition. The author substantiates this distinction with examples from personal experience during evaluation, recounting interactions with children who have undergone assessment procedures. The children display that quality that separates a special, distinct, individual approach from the "pen pushers" who are doubtless good test takers, get the right answers and the resultant high scores, and do not move beyond the requirement or think beyond the "right" box. They may get the score but as far as true giftedness goes, they do not get the point; that is, the point at the end of the spark that may illuminate a wholly different personal, unique way of thinking instead of that which is expected. [This article is a response to Joan Freeman's "A Quality of Giftedness" (EJ1149563).]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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