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2017 WCGTC Biennial World Conference

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2.10.3 Ethics of care in the construction of giftedness

This presentation draws from the findings of a doctoral study investigating different constructions of giftedness in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The data were collected through a national online survey, interviews, and from a Facebook closed-group discussion. One set of constructions was about care ethics and how sustained relationships can help to meet the needs of gifted children. The study’s participants believe that relationships are an important element of working with gifted children. This presentation aims to start the conversation about care ethics in constructions of giftedness, and how important relationships are in terms of supporting gifted children, families, and teachers.


Melanie Wong
University of Canterbury
New Zealand

Mel is a research coordinator in the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences, Manukau Institute of Technology, New Zealand. She is also a PhD candidate at the College of Education, University of Canterbury. Her research interests include gifted education, inclusive education and sociology in education. Mel serves on the editorial boards and/or reviews for journals. She is currently editing an education book funded by Manukau Institute of Technology. Mel sits on different NGO committees advocating for children, youth and their families.


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