Advances in Creativity and Giftedness

Families, Education and Giftedness

Case Studies in the Construction of High Achievement

Authors: Campbell, Jim, Smith, Laura Mazzoli

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What is it like to be YOUNG, GIFTED AND WORKING CLASS in contemporary England? How do working class family values support high educational achievement? What do researchers and policy makers have to learn about giftedness from working class families? These provocative questions are explored in this ground-breaking book. Most studies of giftedness focus on the characteristics of individuals, and draw upon psychological frameworks to understand them. Participants in most gifted education programmes are recruited disproportionately from the higher social classes. Sceptical of the concept of giftedness, Mazzoli Smith and Campbell question conventional methodologies, using a narrative approach to understand how four families of working class origins, each with a gifted child, construct their values in relation to education and social class. They explore the influence of their family histories, cultural values and life styles upon educational engagement and achievement. The authors show that gifted education policies are poorly matched to the values of these families and argue that much research into giftedness has been flawed by social and cultural discrimination. They propose an agenda for change in research paradigms in the giftedness field, which should be characterized by interdisciplinarity and more culturally relative conceptions of giftedness.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • The Social Construction of Giftedness

    Smith, Laura Mazzoli (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • Studying the Family

    Smith, Laura Mazzoli (et al.)

    Pages 23-41

  • Methodology

    Smith, Laura Mazzoli (et al.)

    Pages 43-59

  • The Booths’ Tale

    Smith, Laura Mazzoli (et al.)

    Pages 61-76

  • The Breakwells’ Tale

    Smith, Laura Mazzoli (et al.)

    Pages 77-93

Buy this book

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  • ISBN 978-94-6091-991-6
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Families, Education and Giftedness
Book Subtitle
Case Studies in the Construction of High Achievement
Authors
Series Title
Advances in Creativity and Giftedness
Series Volume
3
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Sense Publishers
Copyright Holder
SensePublishers
eBook ISBN
978-94-6091-991-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-6091-991-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 182
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