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ERIC Number: EJ834235
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0278-3193
The Essential Elements of Dabrowski's Theory of Positive Disintegration and How They Are Connected
Ackerman, Cheryl M.
Roeper Review, v31 n2 p81-95 Apr 2009
The purpose of this article is to present Dabrowski's theory of positive disintegration (TPD; Dabrowski, 1964) in a thorough and accessible manner so that those in the gifted community can better understand it and its usefulness to the field of gifted studies. The article goes beyond what has typically been presented in recent research literature on the theory and discusses the major theoretical elements and how they are interconnected, to give a taste of the theory's complexity. In the article, levels of development, developmental dynamisms, overexcitabilities, and other foundational aspects of the theory are described. In addition, the author provides examples of how TPD has already been used with gifted populations and challenges the reader to look at the interdisciplinary applications that exist beyond the boundaries of gifted studies. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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