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ERIC Number: EJ770830
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1359-8139
Do We Really Want to Avoid Denny's?: The Perils of Defying the Crowd
Kaufman, James C.; Baer, John
High Ability Studies, v14 n2 p149-150 Dec 2003
Robert Sternberg's WICS model for identifying gifted individuals broadens the standard conception of giftedness and makes many helpful suggestions on how to conceptualize and assess the relevant dimensions of giftedness. There is one area, however, where the authors would propose an alternate viewpoint. "In a sense, this essay is about how to avoid selecting the "Denny's" of the world", Sternberg writes (p. 5), in reference to a former gifted student who seemed primed for success--but then committed suicide. Their question is whether it really is best to try and avoid selecting the "Denny's". Creativity--one of Sternberg's key elements--often involves the potentially scary and daunting task of "defying the crowd". Perhaps as a result, creativity is often correlated with less desirable traits, such as mental illness. If gifted programmes decide to make avoiding someone like Denny one of their goals, then they run the risk of missing opportunities to provide these gifted, but troubled young people the kind of programmes that will best meet their unique needs. The authors believe that gifted education programmes, and especially those for younger students, should focus on finding "all" students of high ability and helping them develop their talents. (Contains 1 note.)
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Language: English
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