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The Evolving Definition of Giftedness

By Tamara Fisher — November 18, 2008 2 min read

This is somewhat short notice for y’all, but I thought I’d mention it for those of you who don’t subscribe to the EdWeek updates (which I know a number of you don’t). So FYI for anyone interested who doesn’t already know...

Tomorrow (Wednesday, November 19th), EdWeek will be hosting a live chat with the three authors of a new book, titled “The Development of Giftedness and Talent Across the Life Span.” I haven’t read the book yet myself, but there is an article about it here that you could read to get some idea of what it’s about.

EdWeek’s publicized info about this live chat:

This Week’s Live Chat: The Evolving Definition of Giftedness
When: Wednesday, November 19, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time
Where: go to http://www.edweek-chat.org
To submit questions in advance, click here.

“For years, giftedness was considered to be a static category, with children either possessing the trait or not. But developmental theory has now led to more nuanced view of what makes some people gifted. Instead of being innate and immutable, giftedness can be nurtured and even taught—and if ignored, it can also be lost.

“Please join our guests, the three editors of the upcoming book “The Development of Giftedness and Talent Across the Life Span,” who will talk about what researchers currently believe about giftedness, and its implication for classroom practice.

“About the guests:

“Frances Degen Horowitz is a university professor and president emerita at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

“Rena F. Subotnik is the director of the Center for Gifted Education Policy at the American Psychological Association.

“Dona J. Matthews is currently a visiting professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, engaged in several writing projects, and working with families and schools on issues relating to gifted education. From 2003 to 2007, she was the director of the Center for Gifted Studies and Education at Hunter College, the City University of New York.

“No special equipment other than Internet access is needed to participate in this text-based chat. A transcript will be posted shortly after the completion of the chat.”

I’ll post a link to the full transcript after it’s finished in case anyone is interested in reading it.

I know the readers of “Unwrapping the Gifted” have a variety of ideas, opinions, and questions about the nature of giftedness, so this would be an opportunity for y’all to pose some great questions!

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