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ERIC Number: EJ979907
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1533-2276
In the Shadows of Dominant Cultures: The Elusive Definition of Giftedness
Polyzoi, Eleoussa; Haydey, Donna Copsey
Gifted and Talented International, v27 n1 p125-126 Aug 2012
In this commentary, the authors contend that Persson's (2012a) paper, Cultural Variation and Dominance in a Globalised Knowledge-Economy: Towards a Culture-Sensitive Research Paradigm in the Science of Giftedness, lacks conciseness in defining the connections between the significance of cultural dominance and the definition of giftedness. However, Persson (2012a) successfully draws the reader into his treatise two-thirds of the way into his paper, when he argues that researchers cannot use the theory and empirical research on giftedness that is generated in one country and apply it to another, without considering the "cultural distance" between the two countries. Persson (2012a), in his search for the elusive construct of giftedness--one that is universal and culture-free--takes on a broad, macrosociological perspective. His target article is rather lengthy and the arguments provided to the reader occasionally circuitous. In his exploration of a more culturally sensitive paradigm of giftedness, grounded in social science, Persson (2012a) moves, not always on a clear path, between research on giftedness and research that addresses politics, power-relations, and economics. His logic-in-use is not always immediately transparent to the reader, as he builds his argument and connects these disparate fields.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A