Talent in Context: Historical and Social Perspectives on Giftedness

Talent in Context: Historical and Social Perspectives on Giftedness


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How does the gifted individual fare in a culture that values beauty over brains? Why do American women see giftedness as both an asset and a liability? Will we genetically engineer super-smart babies in the near future? Ten eminent psychologists come together to address these and other provocative questions in a book that explores how we define, assess, value, and nurture talent.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781557989444
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication date: 01/28/1998
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 10.04(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributorsvii
Part ICultural Contexts1
1Assessing and Nurturing Talent in a Diverse Culture: What Do We Do, What Should We Do, What Can We Do?3
2Tracing the Lives of Gifted Women17
3Developing Abilities--Biologically?39
4Cultural Interpretations of Giftedness: The Case of East Asia61
Part IIInterpersonal and Intrapersonal Contexts79
5Families of Gifted Children: Cradles of Development81
6The Prevalence of Gifted, Talented, and Multitalented Individuals: Estimates From Peer and Teacher Nominations101
7The Social Construction of Extraordinary Selves: Collaboration Among Unique Creative People127
Part IIIConceptualizing and Reconceptualizing Giftedness149
8Gifted Child, Genius Adult: Three Life-Span Developmental Perspectives151
9Cognitive Conceptions of Expertise and Their Relations to Giftedness177
10A Conception of Talent and Talent Development193
About the Editors217

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