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Global Issues

The global approach to gifts and talents offers perspectives that can cut right through unrecognized cultural assumptions. It shows differences in attitudes about who might be seen as gifted, and how those who are considered gifted should be treated. Parent organizations for the gifted exist in most parts of the world; because adequate support for the specialized education for these children is widely lacking in schools, parent organizations have become the major force for advocacy of gifted. Internationally, organizations such as the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children and the European Council for the Highly Able work on a voluntary basis to coordinate and communicate experience and research findings. This entry describes global cultural differences, specifically differences between Eastern and Western views, and cross-cultural ...

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