Beyond compare? Thoughts towards an inclusional, fluid, and non-normative understanding of giftedness

Hymer, Barry (2009) Beyond compare? Thoughts towards an inclusional, fluid, and non-normative understanding of giftedness. In: Balchin, Tom, Hymer, Barry and Matthews, Dona J., (eds.) The Routledge international companion to gifted education. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 299-307. Full text not available from this repository.

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Abstract

This chapter is written from the stance of a practitioner researching his own practice as an educator in the field of giftedness. I describe how a model of gift-creation has emerged through critical responsiveness to my own practice, and I offer a parallel description of the conditions under which gifts can be grown – rather than identified. These descriptions underlie an argument for shifting professional focus from dominant twentieth-century western rationalist approaches to the field of gifted and talented education, with their deterministic, dualistic, individualistic, pragmatic, tool-for-result (cf. Vygotsky 1978), and knowing-centred associations, towards a concept of giftedness which is co-constructed (not identified) in a social, relationally respectful, activity-oriented, dialectical, tool-and-result (Vygotsky 1978; Newman and Holzman 1993) manner and context.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780415461375
Departments: Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Institute of Education
Pre 2016 Departments: Research Institute for Professional Learning in Education
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2016 14:29
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2016 16:11
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2014

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