ERIC Number: EJ855202
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 14
Myth 1: The Gifted and Talented Constitute One Single Homogeneous Group and Giftedness Is a Way of Being that Stays in the Person over Time and Experiences
Reis, Sally M.; Renzulli, Joseph S.
Gifted Child Quarterly, v53 n4 p233-235 2009
This myth that the gifted constitute a single, homogeneous group is addressed by the authors in this article. They respond by saying that there is no single homogeneous group of gifted children and adults, and giftedness is developmental, not fixed at birth. Research in the past few decades has pointed to the ways in which gifts and talents vary, including in the general categories of developmental characteristics. Giftedness is not a state of being, it is not fixed, and it does not reside in a chosen few over their lifetimes as a fixed entity. It is, rather, developmental--in some children and adults with high potential, at certain times, under certain circumstances, and with appropriate levels of support, time, effort, and personal investments and choices.
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Misconceptions, Individual Characteristics, Developmental Stages, Student Characteristics, Academic Ability, Academic Achievement, Cultural Influences, Student Motivation
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