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ERIC Number: EJ1169358
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1323-9686
Gagne's DMGT and Underachievers: The Need for an Alternative Inclusive Gifted Model
Wellisch, Mimi
Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, v25 n1 p18-30 Jun 2016
Most Australian education departments' gifted policies are guided by Gagne's Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent (DMGT; Gagne, 2003, 2004; 2008). In this examination and critique of the DMGT, an argument is made that the DMGT is based predominantly on behavioural/biological research, leaving out genuine environmental factors, and that its application relates specifically to gifted achievers. This renders gifted underachievers, including those who may have environmentally acquired socio-emotional problems (e.g., due to poor attachment and maternal depression), without a legitimate claim for identification or without an appropriate educational pathway. An expanded conception of underachievement is proposed, and a revised Model of Inclusive Gifted Identification and Progression (Wellisch and Brown, 2012) is reviewed and recommended as a replacement.
Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented. School of Education, The University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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