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ERIC Number: EJ1149571
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1533-2276
Response to "A Quality of Giftedness"
Spielhagen, Frances R.
Gifted and Talented International, v27 n2 p51-52 2012
"A Quality of Giftedness" by Professor Dr. Joan Freeman aptly captures the questions, dilemmas, and frustrations of those who have chosen to advocate for individuals with exceptional intellectual ability. Although Professor Freeman focuses on the quality of giftedness in individuals, not of their teachers, reflection on her essay leads the author of this commentary to this essential question, "Must one be gifted to understand gifted children?" However, perhaps the better question is, "What qualities must a teacher possess in order to work well with gifted youngsters and not be threatened by them?" This commentary suggests that those who would teach gifted children must be open to possibility and enthusiastic about inquiry. They should honor true excellence, foster rigorous thought, and celebrate the pursuit of learning. Then, the truly gifted child, wherever he or she lives and learns, will have the opportunity to grow, to flourish, and to affect positive change in the world. [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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