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4 Another theory of relativity: Giftedness as conditionality

Emerging thoughts about giftedness see it: (1.) as a socially constructed entity that constantly evolves with our society, (2.) as an inclusive non-normative guiding framework that seeks out each individual’s unique giftedness and talents, and (3.) as a recursive person-in-situation realisation that depends on the complexity of a system and the dynamics between an individual and his/her environment. These thoughts are quite different from the either-or reductionist model that sees giftedness as a static condition. This presentation will provide pedagogy and a definition that corresponds to the systemic, dynamic view of giftedness.

Author(s):

Owen Lo
owen.lo@ubc.ca
University of British Columbia
Canada

Dr. Lo is currently working at the University of British Columbia in the capacity of assistant professor. His research interests with regards to gifted education include, but not limited to, inclusive education, teacher development, policy studies, historical review, and affective education.

Kuei-Fang Tsai*

Dr. Tsai is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education (with expertise in gifted education) at National Pingtung University of Education in Taiwan.

Chen-Ming Chen*

Dr. Chen is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education (with expertise in gifted education and psychometrics) at National Chiayi University of Education in Taiwan.

 

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