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The SAGE Handbook of Gifted & Talented Education provides a comprehensive and international overview of key challenges and issues in the field of gifted education, making this an invaluable volume for individuals in the fields of education, public and private school administration, psychology and beyond. Containing contributions by a range of expert authors from around the world, chapters include discussions of the wide range of human abilities and talents which impinge upon academic success, with explorations of various political, social and economic factors which influence how giftedness and gifted education is defined and understood in different regions around the globe. PART 1. CONCEPTS OF GIFTEDNESS AND IDENTIFICATION: SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL NEEDS. PART 2: EDUCATIONAL PROVISION: PROGRAMS AND STRATEGIES. PART 3: GLOBAL RESPONSES TO EMERGING G&T ...

Is Gifted Education on the Right Path?
Is Gifted Education on the Right Path?
Robert J. Sternberg
Introduction

Humans place themselves at the top of the evolutionary scale, whatever “the top of the evolutionary scale” happens to mean. Human attitudes toward their place in the universe are captured well by Lovejoy (1960), in his classic work, The Great Chain of Being. The general idea, which dates back to Plato and Aristotle, is that there is a Great Chain of Being, comprising, among other entities, God at the top, then humankind, and then successively lower animals. At the top of the Earthly beings are humans.

Unfortunately, perhaps, the logic of the Great Chain of Being has been extended by us humans not only ...

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